That old adage is especially true, methinks, when it comes to matters of potential life and death. The life and death of millions.
So, what should our proper reaction be to reports of yet another terrorist plot against New York recently foiled? [And what's with these terrorists anyway, don't they get it? New York voted for Kerry. Keee-rrry.] Consider the choices where lovely Carol Merrill is standing. Door number one: ignore it, because it's probably a fantasy of the tool of the fascist oil companies (I refer of course to Shrub); door number two: take it seriously and do everything necessary to disrupt the latest threat; door number three: do everything possible to downplay the story and further undermine the standing of the elected American government? [Can we get those poll numbers any lower? Let's give it a shot!]
And so it was with some considerable surprise that I turned to Der Spiegel this evening to find that the lead headline proclaimed that a terrorist attack on the Holland Tunnel has been thwarted. Shock, even, because I had heard absolutely nothing about this today (the plan was to use the tunnel to flood the city and kill lots of folks). With considerable trepidation, I ventured onto Google News to see what the press reports here in the US might be. I found that our vigilant press, eager to let us know every twitch of our government's plans, had indeed reported the story. For example, it had been picked up by: the London Times, Radio New Zealand, the Calgary Sun, PBS, the American Spectator, Sky Valley Journal, the New York Sun, the Norman Transcript, etc. But, the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the LA Times—all seem to be curiously absent here.
But not to worry. The Northeastern Echo Chamber* is on it after all. The Raw Story, from Massachusetts, has picked up the story and even better has investigated it enough to assure us it's all a right-wing hoax. "Sources" at the CIA have assured them of this.
So it's all ok, nothing to see here, move along, and y'all have a nice weekend now.