Breaking: Saddam DEAD
UPDATE 4: 12-29/06, 10:30pm EDT
As Marion in Savannah says over at FireDogLake:
Oh. My. God. They executed him just before Eid, which commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Oh. Holy. Crap.
UPDATE 3: 12-29/o6, 10:16pm EDT
[Crap-ass computer from hell, and dialup from the nether regions!! I curse you!]
Saddam is dead.
UPDATE 2: Jeralyn’s also covering this at TalkLeft.
UPDATE: 12-29/06, 9:55pm
Final preparations were under way for Saddam Hussein’s execution shortly before dawn on Saturday, Arabic television stations said, reporting a cleric had arrived to hear any final words and witnesses were in place.
U.S.-backed Al Hurra said a Muslim cleric was present at the place of execution, but it did not say where that was.
Two witnesses due to attend the execution told Reuters earlier they had been summoned for 5.30 am (0230 GMT).
Arabiya television reported they were present at that hour.
MSNBC.com and CNN are reporting that an Iraqi court has denied Saddam’s last minute appeal, and he could die within the hour.
Saddam Hussein will be hanged before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, before 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), according to Appeals Judge Munir Haddad.
The paperwork is in order for Hussein’s execution, and the judge echoed a widespread belief that the hanging could be imminent.
Meanwhile, Giovanni di Stefano, one of Hussein’s defense attorneys, told CNN the U.S. military officially informed him that the former Iraqi dictator has been transferred to Iraqi authorities for his execution and that a “credible source” told him Hussein will be executed “very shortly — in the next couple of hours.”
And di Stefano indicated that the move by lawyers in the U.S. court could mean Hussein is in U.S. military custody now.
On NPR earlier today, there was discussion of whether or not the execution would be televised, and if so, in what manner. Most ridiculous comment heard: that those networks that choose to broadcast it will do so in a ‘tasteful’ manner. (I’ll try to find a verbatim copy of that quote and the idiot who said it.)
This is as close as I could find:
From The Scotsman:
ABC and CBS said they wouldn’t air the full execution if the video became available.
“We’re very aware that we’re coming into people’s living rooms and that there could be children watching,” CBS News senior vp Linda Mason said.
Mason and her network counterparts have broadcast standards and procedures they follow in these cases. Phil Alongi, special-events executive producer at NBC News, said there are ways the network can approach the video or photographs that will get the point across without having to be graphic.
The operative word: taste.
“We have very, very strict guidelines with how to deal with that,” said Bob Murphy, senior vp at ABC News. “If there were pictures made available of the execution, they would have to be viewed by senior management before we would put them on the air, and we would make a judgement of taste and propriety of what we would show.”
The word ‘tasteful’ should not ever be used in a sentence that includes the word ‘execution’ unless – and only unless – one is referring to the performance of ballet dancers, ice skaters, and/or ice dancers.
Janet Jackson’s partially-nude booby? Cover your eyes!! Oh, god, the children!
Saddam swinging until dead? No problem, as long as it’s tasteful.
And there you have it – an exact explanation of what’s so fucking wrong with the US media.