Saturday, 18 December 2010

A Letter to the Guardian...

I encourage you to copy and paste this letter and send it to so that they can be encouraged to remember they are allowed to use google.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I was just wondering when you were planning to retract the false story regarding the supposed banning of 'Sicko', Michael Moore's documentary?

As he says in this article,, a simple google search would have enabled your journalists to see that it was in fact shown in theatres throughout the country and was even broadcast in prime time on national television!

This laziness in reporting, despite much talk of the hard slog contextualising and checking the cables, has led you to miss the real story; that despite histories lessons, the U.S government is still deluding itself regarding Cuba and making the same mistakes as decades ago.  Namely, that embassy staff are making up news to pass on up the chain of command where upon it can get seized upon in a fit of positive bias.  This in turn fuels the kind of groupthink that enabled the Bay of Pigs fiasco in the first place.

So... presumably this correction will be appearing soon then?  I also presume that a lesson will have been learned and that future leaks will have at least a bit of fact-checking?  I'm a huge fan of wikileaks let it be said, but those claiming that these cables aren't Truth do have a point.  They are instead the inner workings of wholly nationalistic machinations and as such can also be bewilderingly wrong (whether purposefully or not). 


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