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Guest Robert Parry

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Guest Robert Parry

The smug Washington Post smirked its way through an article about the Dixie Chicks winning five Grammy Awards for the group’s heroic album “Taking the Long Way” and the defiant song “Not Ready to Make Nice.”


The Post, which has editorially supported George W. Bush’s Iraq War and joined in smear campaigns against war critics like Joseph Wilson, treated the Dixie Chicks with the usual disdain.


In the lead story of the Post’s “Style” section, Bush’s winking-and-nodding role in the boycott of the Dixie Chicks music disappears. Instead the Post puts most of the blame for the troubles on the three-woman band.


The Dixie Chicks are “the polarizing group” whose lead singer Natalie Maines “popped off about President Bush and the war in Iraq,” according to the article by Post staff writer J. Freedom du Lac, who adds:


“Upon bouncing to the podium after the [Grammy] result was announced, Maines … closed her gaping mouth just long enough to grin mischievously, then said, ‘Well, to quote the great Simpsons, ‘HA, HA!’”


The Post article portrayed the boycott dispute as one between the Dixie Chicks and their country-music fans, ignoring the extraordinary role played by Bush who in 2003 seemed to relish the punishments meted out by his supporters to Americans who dissented.


So, in recognition of the Dixie Chicks’s five Grammy Awards – and in honor of the other brave Americans who stood up and questioned the Iraq War when standing up meant paying a price – we are republishing a story from May 16, 2006, entitled “Dixie Chicks, Valerie Plame & Bush.”



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