I don’t know why I’m surprised. The story about snow falling in Baghdad for the first time in living memory was drawing too much attention, perhaps, to the fact that all might not be lost in Iraq after all. It was especially well-picked-up by bloggers, including this piece by our own Tizona.
The quote from 60-year-old Hassan Zahar which featured in many peoples’ coverage, especially, must have really made the lefties cringe:
“A few minutes ago, I was covered with snowflakes. In my hair, on my shoulders. I invite all the people to enjoy peace, because the snow means peace,” [Zahar] said.
Traffic policeman Murtadha Fadhil, huddling under a balcony to keep dry, declared the snow “a new sign of the new Iraq.”
“It’s a sign of hope. We hope Iraqis will purify their hearts and politicians will work for the prosperity of all Iraqis.”
Accompanying the AFP wire story was the photo above, left. Iraqis messing about, having fun, throwing snowballs, in a scene most who follow only MSM media coverage would not recognise as War-Torn Baghdad, Quagmire Central®.
Whoops!! Waaaaay the wrong message that the liberal media wants to let out. Ordinary punters might get the idea that here and there, there are actually a few scenes of normality returning to Iraq. And was the novelty of a picture of snow in Baghdad, especially in this time of Catastrophic Man-Made Glowball Warmening, attracting too much attention to the sentiments of hope expressed by Hassan Zahar and Murtadha Fadhil — sentiments which don’t exactly mesh with the lefty agenda?
Well, all fixed. If you click on that same link now, the one which many online outlets linked to and which originally featured the picture above, the title remains the same (“First Snow for 100 Years Falls on Baghdad”) but here’s the new, approved AFP picture which has replaced the original “fun-in-the-snow” picture in the article. Grim, cold, wet, ugly setting, no unapproved smiles or frivolity — that’s more like it!
Jeepers. Just the other day I wrote about how awesome I thought it was that young Iraqis were starting to hold makeshift motorcycle races, attended by hundreds, and I included a picture of young Ali Jawhar popping a wheelie on his yellow motorcycle: Iraq Changes Gears. I wonder if they’ll try to gloomify the photos which originally accompanied that media release as well?
Spot_the_dog says, between the latest NYT “Vets Turn Rambo” story and the great Un-Snowifying and Re-Gloomification of Baghdad, this has been a very bad week for MSM credibility.