DATE: 12/10/2004 02:08:00 PM
Selective Outrage - ABC radio news has only five minutes to cover what it considers the top stories each hour. It took one minute or so of its alloted time to talk about a major financial scandal involving a large organization. Is the major media finally discovering the oil-for-food scandal?
The 'major scandal' they were talking about was, of course, Halliburton and whether the no-bid contracts they were offered for work in Iraq...blah...blah...blah... It's the same old story, over and over again. The media only gets outraged over financial stories when conservatives are the ones who are alleged to have done something wrong. Hillary and cattle futures? No story. Terry McAuliffe and Global Crossing? Nothing. Kofi, his family and the UN stealing billions from Iraqis? Not a peep.
You see, only Republicans are greedy. Only conservatives love money. When liberals make money illegally, they are given a pass because they probably feel guilty about it. Not us conservatives, though. We love our money. We want to throw it in a tank and wallow in it. Especially if that money was gained through some awful means, like tax cuts.
The oil-for-food story is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, financial scandal of all time. The media is staying far away from it, though, because reporting on it might force them to see just how corrupt the United Nations really is. Kofi Annan deserves to be remembered as one of the world's worst villains. Under his watch, the UN has allowed genocide, UN troops have sexually abused refugees, Security Council members were bribed to ignore a tyrant and oppose the country that wanted to topple that tyrant, the Palestinian cause has been celebrated despite (or worse, because) their killing of Jews in Israel. The United Nations is a sinkhole, a money pit into which we throw far too much funding.
It's time to stop funding the United Nations until they reform. Tax time is coming up, and it enrages me to think that some of the taxes I've paid over the past year have gone to pay the costs of keeping such an ineffective and corrupt organization in business.