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Don't forget the media

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Submitted by Mark Kaye (United States), Dec 13, 2002 at 20:13

While Mr. Pipes' article focuses on former public officials who are on the Saudi payroll, why not take a look at members of the media who take Saudi money even while positioning themselves as independent commentators? One need look no further than ... Robert Novak.

Just this past Sunday, on a program no less laudable than "Meet the Press," Mr. Novak stated that "what this (the United States' involvement in regime change in Iraq) is all about is change of the political outlines of the Middle East more to Israel's benefit" and that since that type of thing would be very difficult to "sell to the American public, they (the Bush Administration) have done it on a weapons of mass destruction basis." In sum and substance, Mr. Novak is saying that the basis of the United States' challenge to the Hussein dictatorship in Iraq, and its efforts to stabilize the Persian Gulf, is in reality an effort to do Israel's bidding.

Mr. Novak goes on to state that since it is "very hard to find the proof of a nuclear development ... it behoves [the Bush Administration] to say that they (the Iraqis) are hiding things." He then proceeds to belittle the Admistration's efforts to find that proof -- comparing it to pornography, where its all in the eye of the beholder and one would know it when one sees it.

What an outrage! Just who does Robert Novak work for, the Chicago Sun-Times or the Iraqi Ministry of Information?

Someone should find out.
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