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Monday, August 28, 2006

Why 24/7 cable news sucks: reason # 1,029,392

WOW, I'm so fucking surprised.
Prosecutors abruptly dropped their case Monday against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at the crime scene despite his insistence that he was there when the 6-year-old girl was killed.

"The warrant on Mr. Karr has been dropped by the district attorney," public defender Seth Temin said outside the jail. "They are not proceeding with the case."

Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy's office did not return repeated calls from The Associated Press.

"We're deeply distressed by the fact that they took this man and dragged him here from Bangkok, Thailand, with no forensic evidence confirming the allegations against him and no independent factors leading to a presumption that he did anything wrong," Temin said.

Earlier in the day, Denver's KUSA, citing two sources close to the investigation, said that hair and saliva from Karr were tested over the weekend at the Denver police crime lab and that he was ruled out as the source of the DNA taken from the crime scene.
Was this a surprise...oh yeah, it was a surprised to the STUPID FUCKING MAINSTREAM MEDIA who shoved this stupid non-story down our throats for the last two weeks (with MSNBC being the most pathetic). I'm sure Karr was laughing his ass off the entire time (especially when he boozing it up first class style on th way back to the States). Thanks cable news for yet again jumping the gun and showing us again why "People-powered media" is so popular.

In a while, I'll bring you a list of stories the MSM "overlooked" while covering this non-story. Here's a quick one you might of not noticed due to the 24/7 of Karr.
At least 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed in street fighting with Shi'ite militiamen in the town of Diwaniya on Monday, some of the bloodiest clashes yet among rival powers in Shi'ite southern Iraq.

A Polish helicopter was hit by gunfire as it provided air support to Iraqi troops but landed safely. U.S. aircraft also took part and U.S.-led foreign troops sealed off the city before calm returned by nightfall after talks among Shi'ite leaders.

[...]

The Defense Ministry, local officials and the Mehdi Army of populist young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gave conflicting accounts of battles overnight and into the day in Diwaniya, a normally placid provincial capital, 180 km (110 miles) south of Baghdad.

A Defense Ministry spokesman in the capital said 20 of its soldiers were killed along with 50 unidentified "gunmen" who had stormed police stations after dark on Sunday. A local leader of the Mehdi Army insisted only two of his men had been killed.

A U.S. military official said 30 Iraqi troops were wounded.

[...]

The Baghdad bombing resembled many carried out by al Qaeda and pro-Saddam Hussein militants from the once dominant Sunni minority and was one of the worst in the capital since U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a security clampdown three weeks ago.

Eight U.S. soldiers were among more than 60 people killed on Sunday in violence that challenged Maliki's latest assertion his forces had the upper hand and there would be no civil war.

The chief U.S. military spokesman said killings in Baghdad had almost halved this month from last and that car bombings were at an eight-month low. But Major General William Caldwell acknowledged there had been a spike again in the past two days.

[...]

A hospital official and an army source in Diwaniya both put the army's death toll at 25 with a further five missing. A Reuters reporter saw 19 bodies in army uniform in the morgue, as well as seven civilians. The hospital said nine civilians died, adding that 51 people, including eight soldiers, were wounded.