NATO airstrikes knock out Libyan state TV

Libya’s Information Ministry announced that NATO bombs struck al-Jamahiriyah TV’s Tripoli offices during a Monday daylight raid. Little wonder: Libyan state television has for months broadcast calls for towns to be “cleansed” of rebels.

“NATO has clearly hit what it was aiming at,” tweets al-Jazeera reporter Cal Perry. The station appears to be accessible on the Internet, but its “signal is cracking from #Tripoli.”

Indeed, the website of Gadhafi’s televised propaganda apparatus is still online, offering videos that showcase a “speech of defiance” from the dictator and features on the “grand popular celebrations” in favor of his 38-year rule. There’s even an English language adjunct, so Gadhafi’s international messages don’t get garbled by Google Translate.