Wednesday, July 19, 2006

UN Proven Corrupt--Media Yawns

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The UN scandal involving the Oil for Food program, Saddam Hussein and lots of people on the take has been covered vigorously by the right. Claudia Rosett has been very diligent in uncovering the scandal that involved British Parliament member George Galloway as well as other well-known, politically connected people including Kofi Annan's main man Benon Sevan.

The major media in America including the NY Times, Washington Post and LA Times have ignored the story from the beginning because they don't want the precious UN sullied.

The NY Observer of all sites has a great piece on this today:

Yet, for all that, a remarkable trial that ended last week in a Manhattan courtroom—a proceeding that implicated figures in the highest echelons of international politics—was barely mentioned in the major American press. If it weren’t for the journalistic wing of the conservative movement, outlets like the National Review Online and The New York Sun, it might not have been covered at all.

Take the events of last Thursday, for example. After two weeks of testimony, a jury took only a few hours to convict a South Korean national, Tongsun Park, of acting as an unregistered agent of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The conspiracy of which he was a part ran for 10 years, ending in late 2002, and helped one of the world’s worst regimes maintain its grip on power.

But The New York Times did not assign a reporter to his trial, its total coverage amounting to a brief wire report on the day following Mr. Park’s conviction. Of the other major national dailies, The Washington Post ran a single news-brief item, the Los Angeles Times not a word.

Given the stakes—and what the Park trial clearly demonstrated about the seamier side of the U.N.—it hardly made sense.

It makes perfect sense. The UN is a corrupt organization with a corrupt leader. The Times and the others believe in the UN concept and can't accept the fact that the elites who parade around Manhattan with diplomatic immunity can be corrupt so they ignore it.

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