media blackouts

See Bloggy today for a sense of what is really happening in Baghdad, Washington and New York.

Sample, straight from the Department of Defense itself:

Rumsfeld: Let me say one other thing. The images you are seeing on television you are seeing over, and over, and over, and it's the same picture of some person walking out of some building with a vase, and you see it 20 times, and you think, "My goodness, were there that many vases?" (Laughter.) "Is it possible that there were that many vases in the whole country?"
Those who are now making the effort to look outside the country for news are having an experience similar to that which was common in occupied Europe when a shortwave radio in the attic was the only source of real information - and hope. And yet for today's true patriot there seems to be little cause for hope (no sign of a liberating army, as in the 40's), and our current effective media blackout may be even more demoralizing than that of sixty years ago. The Bush regime hasn't even had to physically take over the dissemination of news or ban the radios. Americans have simply decided neither to report nor seek the truth.