When I arrived the office... Some of our guys started making jokes about the incident...
Some of the guys were happy and they were talking about the bravery of the journalist who threw his shoes at the American president. When I tried to explain my opinion, I was trying to tell the guys that I don't agree with the way the journalist behaved, but I was attacked by them. One of them said "come on Laith, Bush destroyed Iraq". Another said"he deserves more" while a third one said "he is an occupier." I tried to tell to tell they guys that this is an insult for Maliki.
Notice Laith has no problem with a journalist assaulting the President of the United States; his only concern is al-Maliki was embarrassed as the host. If you think that is bad, get a load of Laith's twisted idea of "journalism":
As a journalist who believes that his job is to find truth and defend it, I can't blame the journalist for hating the U.S. president because I agree with all the Iraqis...
This McClatchy "journalist" sees a natural connection between telling the truth and hating President Bush?!? No wonder the "Truth to Power" organization is so jacked up. A pox on McClatchy's house.
Oh, another thing. I got an email from McClatchy with a statement the post would be edited because the comments about hating Bush were from non-McClatchy employees. Yeah, right. Since it was first posted there has been no editing or clarification. The post stands as written, and my follow-up emails have not been answered. My conclusion: the people at McClatchy's Baghdad bureau are toxic Bush-haters.