September 19, 2005

Sound Of Crickets Drowns Out U.S. Coverage Of Afghan Election

I swear. You really have to search - and I mean really search - to find any story on yesterday's historic Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.

Afghan voters had a 50% turnout, there was no major violence reported and women were pulling off their burqas at the polling stations in celebration. While former Taliban thugs threatened to disrupt the election, the day was a peaceful one.

What patrolling Canadian soldiers witnessed instead on Sunday was a virtual national holiday. Afghans casually strolled down the streets of their two major cities after all non-essential traffic was ordered off the road, on their way to do something they thought would ensure a brighter future -- vote.

"Everyone is so happy. It's like we are waiting for Christmas to come," said Abdullah Shahood, a 22-year-old poll observer for candidate Abdul Razziq.

"Everyone is optimistic."

I mean, this is BIG news!

Hmmm. Now why would the U.S. media be ignoring something so significant? Oh yeah, I forgot. They're too busy covering the big anti-Bush speech that Bill Clinton made yesterday. What the hell was I thinking?

Posted by: Gary at 02:28 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 He seems to have really made his rounds this weekend on tv. I only caught him on Meet the Press.

Posted by: Wordsmith from Nantucket at September 19, 2005 03:06 PM (nrGCx)

2 Actually, I've seen more angry conservatives bitching about how awful it is that Clinton said this than I have actual mentions of Clinton's words. Why is it that the Delusional Right doesn't actually read the HLSDBKPRMSM (Hateful Liberal Socialist Democratic Baby Killing Pony Raping Main Stream Media), but instead simply assumes that because they don't like the story, the New York Times brainwashing machine is turned up to 11 on it?

Posted by: Jesse at September 19, 2005 03:21 PM (+J9QP)

3 For the record, I don't really care what Clinton has to say about anything in particular. I just find it fascinating that when there is good news to report, the media are usually MIA. This as positive and hopeful a story as you can find today. But then it might refute the claim that democracy can't work in a Muslim country. And that doesn't fit into the media's template.

Posted by: Gary at September 19, 2005 03:37 PM (PLHs9)

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