Good morning, and welcome to today's edition of "What's News?" A Senate committee has released a report alleging that two prominent European opponents of the Iraq War were paid off by Saddam Hussein as part of the U.N. Oil for Food program. I'll reveal their names in a moment.
You will search in vain for this story on the print or Web versions of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, or the Chicago Tribune. I found it in The Washington Times and The New York Sun. The point here is not to beat up the liberal media for their lack of coverage, but merely to observe that news judgment -- that sacred totem of journalism -- is not and probably never can be a neutral or unbiased matter. What the New York Times and New York Sun respectively believe about the world around them is reflected in what they put on the front page -- or cover at all. That's why it is essential to get your news from more than one source -- preferably from two sources with differing biases. As for me, I like to get both sides of the story -- the right and the far right (kidding).
That much having been said, the majors are missing a helluva tale.
You may remember George Galloway of Great Britain. He is the former Labor member of Parliament who compared U.S. and British troops in Iraq to Nazi occupiers of France during World War II and defended the "right" of the terrorists in Iraq to "resist foreign occupiers of their country."
Galloway was garrulous in praise of Saddam, effusing to the dictator during one visit, "I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability." (He claims that he was praising Iraqis, not Saddam, but in context it amounts to close to the same thing.)
Galloway was expelled from the Labor Party in 2004 and founded his own party with the acronym RESPECT, which stands for Respect, Equality, Socialism, Peace, Environment, Community and Trade Unionism (shouldn't it be RESPECTU?), which is pretty self-explanatory -- but Galloway clarifies that the party is founded to offer "an alternative to imperialist war, unfettered global capital and the rule of the market." In May, he was re-elected to Parliament.