Dear Mark Urban,
I have followed the discussion of your role as an embedded reporter with the US Army currently taking place through Media Lens; but I have also watched many of your reports over the years. I am afraid that I think it is you who are looking at things through the dense filter of ideology, and approaching, in your bland acceptance of US policy, a sorry form of fundamentalism. The Army Officer's rebuke to you is nothing short of common sense, and echoes the thoughts and convictions of many many people, who cannot be dismissed as sorry fundamentalists. I am 79 years old, have been politically aware all my adult life, and, although many of the actions of Western powers since the 39-45 war have in themselves been reprehensible, nothing in my view matches the cynicism and criminal self-interest now being displayed in the Iraq conflict. Invade a country murderously, whatever the motive, and all sorts of consequential murders will ensue. Practically every sentence you utter in your "impartial" reporting is biased towards a regime that should, in any decent world, be subject to the procedures of the International Court of Justice. I am appalled by your response to Media Lens in support of power politics at its most disgraceful, though carried out with a smugness that defies all sane assessment. But it goes beyond that. A country, a government and its people that is more outraged by the kidnapping of five of its fellows (whose motive for being in Iraq is also highly dubious) than by the thousands and thousands of deaths the Iraqis are having to cope with, can hardly claim to be in the ranks of the civilised. Disgust at it is not a sufficient emotion.
Not being mad, foolish, inexperienced, naive, deluded, unrealistic etc etc., I believe you are the one who should look into his motives and world viewpoint and maybe move to a more honourable job.
R G Gregory
We don't know who R G Gregory is , but he has contributed to a brief coverage of the untiring work of Mark Urban , the smug, BBC Newsnight puppet , a recreation of "Man @ C & A" who distorts the truth for the BBC as required to save the delicious arses of the Brigade of Guards whenever called upon - quite what, in this context of his work, "embedded" means we leave to the reader.
This is stolen from Media Lens (correcting for the distorted view of the corporate media - but don't take the piss out of the boys David) who are welcome to send a demand for Copyright - we know that there is out there a large and growing fan club for Mr Urban, they will no doubt appreciate R G Gregory's penetrating observations. The picture is a rare one of our dear Mark dressed to penetrate ... the ...er massive success of the Coalition forces.
Urban Myth - Anything said on Newsnight (BBC2 late night Gubment propaganda show) by Mark Urban member of the exclusive BBC raised eyebrow club (Prop. Jeremy Paxman) and who knows fucking everything about terrism, and fucking everyone who chases terrists. Knows a great deal about the internal workings of the Guardsmen.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Dear Mark Urban,