The elections in Iraq are only days away. Now that it’s the Iraqi people have made it quite clear that they’re unintimidated by terroristic threats against them, there’s a new spin developing in the Old Media: Regardless of what the turnout it, it won’t be a "legitimate" vote. Don’t fall for it.
This was Plan-B all along for the terrorists, who having failed to stop the elections are now desperate to do anything they can to poison the results. They, like President Bush, recognize that they have no future in a democracy. And they know from experience that the media will happily treat terrorists as a legitimate news sources (even employing them to file news stories and take photos) and thereby help spread as much disinformation as they can come up with.
When listening to the network news from Iraq on Monday, let’s remember exactly how professional these same networks were when the beloved Saddam Hussein won 100% of the vote in 2002. The wouldn’t call it fraud then. Why? Because it would’ve made Saddam angry with them. They knew exactly what he was up to and decided that ratings were more important than accurate reporting. Or Iraqi lives.
This time around, when they rush toward accusations of fraud or compromised results, remember 2002. And then turn down the volume and listen to what the Iraqi people, risking their lives to vote, have to say for themselves. And respect the result.