Brent Bozell reveals the incessant failing of the Old Busted Media, regarding the coverage of Iraq ...
It's not their job to lead the cheers but to "tell the truth." That "truth," in their eyes, is the war was an unjustified, costly and ill-planned quagmire. Our news media can proclaim it is not their job to help President Bush win the war on terrorists in Iraq. But their job ought to be to cover all of Iraq, and not just show the American people a stilted nightly horror movie, a dinner plate of Terrorist Helper.Bozell's column at Townhall focuses on the inability of American media to report anything about Iraq but the violence and set-backs. By ignoring entirely the positive stories about the historic evolution of a free nation, reporters and journalists are once again aiding a fascist insurgency that seeks to undermine the theater of its own destruction by painting Western News with enough blood to obscure national resolve. Bozell continues...
The Oregonian, in predictable fashion, follows the usual meme this morning, reporting that, 7 Marines die in push to seal off rebel route . No doubt, the afternoon addition will be similarly painted with this latest violent reminder that the nation is engaged in a world war with a barbaric insurgency, and ignore entirely the warning of their murdered colleague, Steven Vincent, (HT. Wretchard)
In a rare moment of balance on CBS, Army Capt. Christopher Vick echoed that sentiment: "I think it's hard for Americans to get up every day and turn on the news and see the horrible things that are going on here, because there's no focus on the good things that go on. What they see is another car bomb went off." This kind of coverage is exactly what the terrorists are seeking to achieve, believes Vick.
Mark Yost, who served in the Navy during the Reagan years, caused a stir in media circles for stating the obvious in an editorial in the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "to judge by the dispatches, all the Iraqis do is stand outside markets and government buildings waiting to be blown up."
On CNN's "Reliable Sources," host Howard Kurtz asked Frank Sesno, a former Washington bureau chief for CNN, about the Yost column. Sesno acknowledged you get more depth from print coverage, but suggested "even then, the bias is towards that which is going wrong, that which is blowing up and that which is not working." He said Americans ask: " Is anything getting rebuilt? Are they really democrats over there? How engaged are the Sunnis? Could I see an interview with any of these founding fathers and founding mothers of this new emerging country? Can you find that? You'll have a hard time doing it."
"Words matter. Words convey moral clarity. Without moral clarity, we will not succeed in Iraq. That is why the terms the press uses to cover this conflict are so vital. For example, take the word “guerillas.” As you noted, mainstream media sources like the New York Times often use the terms “insurgents” or “guerillas” to describe the Sunni Triangle gunmen, as if these murderous thugs represented a traditional national liberation movement. But when the Times reports on similar groups of masked reactionary killers operating in Latin American countries, they utilize the phrase “paramilitary death squads.” Same murderers, different designations."
As Wretchard further points out today over at the Belmont Club,
Whether Sunni killed Shi'ite or Shi'ite killed Sunni, Mr. Vincent knew murder when he saw it. It will be interesting to see whether the media will attribute Mr. Vincent's death to "guerillas" or to "paramilitary death squads". But in a sense it will not matter. He was witness to the necessity for honesty and the survival of outrage; conscious of how near death stands to all of us in the workaday world without watchful men ready to give the alarm with just words.
Indeed, Men in general should be able to recognize murder when they see it, just as if they were being asked to define right and wrong; good and evil. And mass murder inflicted by a horde of fanatic butchers at war with Mankind presents a very clear line by which to acknowledge that difference. To withdraw from any such conscious differentiation does not render one with the righteous virtue of objectivity. It signifies instead a debased characteristic of the insentient subhuman.
The honest assessment of the effort in Iraq would go a long way toward stopping the bloodbath there and elsewhere. And it would help highlight the truth that millions of people in Iraq today are assuming a life of liberty and modern civility that they have never known, and may never have even conceived... despite the efforts of barbarians to murder them back into submission. It would be a model for similarly oppressed people everywhere, and a clear message to the mindless armies of the Caliphate of stygian whores that "you can never win." It is a story destined to be consecrated by the blood of the brave and innocent alike, that will be told truthfully by poets and historians of future generations. Yet sadly, the contemporary scribes of Western Civilization cannot lift their pens beyond the crypts of their ideological piety to acknowledge the complete and epic nature of a noble effort.
Indeed, today the Oregonian served it up... very cold!
The deaths cast new attention on a longtime Marine complaint: the lack of protection provided by their armored amphibious vehicles, or AAVs. The vehicles are designed to be dropped from ships for coastal assaults. Although fast and maneuverable, the vehicles have armor plating that is lighter than those used by the Army -- a crucial issue in a war in which the roadside bomb is the most common threat.
Dare anyone point out to the dimwits on staff that an overly armored amphibious transport is no longer amphibious?
Okieboy shares a tremendous bit of insight after being served his local helping of Terrorist Helper.
As a society, do we support these folk and the sacrifice made by their loved ones, or do we cater to our own fears and narcissistic needs, bending their pain to serve our own ends. In Los Angeles, according to our paper of record, The Los Angeles Times, we’re in the pain bending business...
...Pray for President Bush that he retains the resolve to make the hard
Pray for the families and loved ones of those that serve.
Pray long and often for those who continue their service in harm’s
It’s a real war folks — There are going to be casualties!
I couldn't have said it better.