Soft Pedaling SCAF

In “Egypt Military Softens Tone as Vote Count Favors Islamists,” The New York Times offers the following assessment of SCAF’s behavior:

‎the generals sought Monday to reassure the public that they had no intention of re-establishing a military-backed autocracy, although they did not back away from their effective seizure of legislative power… “Trust the armed forces,” two representatives of the military council, Gen. Mandouh Shahin and Gen. Mohamed el Assar, repeated many times over the course of the news conference. “We don’t want power.”

(read the full story here).  Softens tone?  It isn’t irony, it isn’t sarcasm, it isn’t Mad Magazine poking fun at journalism, it is the New York Times “reporting.”  Sigh…

About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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