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Two Newspapers, Two Muqtadas

January 8th, 2011

Do the news sources report the news faithfully? Read the two versions of the same event, below. Are the reporters talking about the same Muqtada alSadr giving the same speech? (They don’t even use the same spelling for his name.)

New York Times Version: (The peace lover returns from exile.)

Iraqi Cleric Embraces State in Comeback Speech

Max Becherer for The New York Times

Moktada al-Sadr spoke to thousands of supporters on Saturday, stating conditional support for the Iraqi government.

Published: January 8, 2011

NAJAF, Iraq — To a rapturous welcome that conflated the religious and political, the populist Iraqi cleric Moktada al-Sadr delivered his support on Saturday for an Iraqi government that he had once derided as a traitorous tool of the United States and that his followers had battled in the streets of Iraq’s most important cities only a few years before.

CBC Version: (The blood thirsty cleric up to his old tricks.)

Iraqi cleric urges supporters to resist
Muqtada al-Sadr ends nearly 4 years in exile

CBC News

A famous Iraqi cleric is urging his followers to resist all “occupiers” in the country, singling out the United States, Israel and Britain as “enemies.”
Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks Saturday in Najaf, south of Baghdad, during his first public appearance since returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran. (Karim Kadim/Associated Press)

Muqtada al-Sadr delivered the message Saturday in his first public address in Iraq after nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran.

Addressing a rally of thousands of supporters in the holy city of Najaf, the Shia cleric, 37, led chanting and urged followers to continue resisting the “occupation” of Iraq.

“We have not forgotten the occupier. We’re still resisting,” he said. ” We’re still resisting the occupier through military and cultural resistance and all other forms of resistance. Repeat after me: ‘No, no to the occupiers.'”

Odd Citizen Version:

This guy should have been shot dead years ago.

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