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Press Review September 4, 2003
 
Poisoned By CNN
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The one story with content that sticks in my head was about an Iraqi baby christened "George Bush" by his grateful parents. The Indian Brit woman got to cover that story. The newborn was shown screaming in a dirty hospital and the anchoress ended by saying that if there'd been twins, the parents would have named the later, lesser kid "Tony Blair." More courtesy to the transatlantic partner.

When she finished the story the American white man said, "Isn't that nice!" Then he teased her, something about "I'm sure there'll be lots of little [her Indian first name] out there soon!" Her single-sex schooled elbows twitched and she did a classic Commonwealth "Mmmmm," this one expressing shame and duty.

The story led away from the anchor-couple's transatlantic flirt-ceremony. It made you think what would happen to this kid. I thought of the old Johnny Cash tune, "A Boy Named Sue," with its premise that giving a kid a shameful name would teach it to "tussle and fight."

If one accepts the logic of Johnny Cash's lyric: that naming your son "Sue" ensures his swift education in the martial arts; then naming an Iraqi baby "Georgeboosh" should produce the next Genghiz Khan. We'll be hearing from this kid, probably as he pilots a hijacked ion-drive starship right into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, all the juicier targets across the USA having already been vaporized by fellow Baghdadi schoolmates at the helm of various nuclear-powered spacecraft. Would"George Al-Bush"...would he get tough or just break? Break, probably. Be beaten to a pulp, day after day, until he won't leave the hut. It was a really sad story -- which makes me think it must have been one of CNN's rare mistakes: much too memorable.
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