NY Sun: Blackout of the Press
Abu Omar al-Baghdadi made his grand entrance onto the jihadist stage on October 12, 2006, and since then he’s delivered two very important speeches — the more recent one came out last week — and has taken credit for much of the spectacular outbreaks of violence in Iraq of late, yet he still can’t get his name in print on the pages of the New York Times. Why are the editors and reporters of that paper not telling their readers anything about Iraq’s top terrorist?
Abu Omar al-Baghdadi is Al Qaeda’s guy in Iraq, and nowadays, the Sunni insurgency is being whittled down to Al Qaeda’s activity in Iraq. It’s that simple, and he’s that important.
So why isn’t the Times writing that? I think the answer has something to do with what seems, to my eyes, to be a determined campaign to keep the American people from knowing the nature of the enemy in Iraq because identifying this enemy as Al Qaeda casts the debate about the war in a whole different light.