DURST: What They Say/What They Mean

What They Say: NATO: The crash of the F-16 was caused by engine failure.What They Mean: That's what happens when anti aircraft artillery hits an engine; it fails.WTS: The State Department: We want to congratulate Jesse Jackson on the success of his mission and the safe return of the three POW's and his delegation.WTM: Obviously those smart bombs aren't as smart as we thought.WTS: Mirjana Markovic (Mrs. Slobodan Milosevic): There is no ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. We want peace.WTM: Actually we want... piece. A piece of Bosnia. A piece of Kosovo. A piece of Macedonia.WTS: Tom DeLay, R- Texas: Clinton should end this failed policy of bombing for diplomacy.WTM: And understand if he weren't bombing we'd be yelling at him for that too.WTS: The White House: Releasing the three hostages was just a cheap publicity stunt by Milosevic.WTM: A pretty effective publicity stunt which we got to try and negate somehow.WTS: Sen John McCain, R-Ariz.: The President should use all necessary force to win the conflict in Yugoslavia including a ground invasion.WTM: Oh by the way, did I mention I'm running for President?WTS: Jesse Jackson: I wasn't trying to embarrass the administration, I was just trying to help.WTM: Heh heh heh.Will Durst thinks Jesse Jackson is cool.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.