I'm witholding judgement of the tape's authenticity until I see it (well, I probably should until I see it with a speaker of Arabic). Like MrTuffPaws, I, too, believe that UAL93 was shot down and the heroes came from the fertile imaginations of TV network minions at the behest of their bought leaders. I'm mistrustful of what comes from CNN, MSNBC and other major news channels due to their having interests and influences similar to those of our campaign-finance-influenced leaders. It seems an awful lot like a back-scratching affair to me, here.
In this vein, I would say to Asthmaticenemyofgod, this isn't 1974, and the news ventures aren't run by people with some kind of closely held ideals or journalistic integrity, just customer profiling and shareholder value (for better or for worse). I would hazard a guess that if this *were* faked, the only people who would rant about it would be fringe left-wing publications and libertarian wingnuts. They have been crying foul at this government pre-September 11, and have gotten no reaction from media outlets. They're not feared by the US Government, and are largely ignored by the populace taking their media spoonfeeding.
It's not in the interests of Murdoch, Turner et al. (or the Justice Department, etc. etc.) to smear Bush at this point. He's going to bat for them whenever they want him to. I imagine that everyone involved with this administration will walk away with bulging pockets after they fill out the other term.
Remember well: The US Gov't was able to blow up that weirdo house in Waco on video and get away with it with minimal damage. Ok, some people made noise, and the ATF has been quiet for a while, but really: what consequences? The media helps our already short memories with very little coverage of issues with little recency (Mr. Condit, would you stand up, please?). If it were faked, all they would have to do is not talk about it (hey, USA, here's Britney Spears in a skimpy bikini with a flag on it!). To smear a declared enemy with some faked footage isn't exactly a burglary at the DNC headquarters, it doesn't implicate Americans against Americans. No biggie.
Thatstuff about the Bart Simpson broadcasts during the Gulf War is a myth.
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