Monday, August 08, 2005

The hypocrisy of the media

Since we are in a particularly satisfying right wing rant sort of mood today, here's another one: The new york times, the self declared paper of record, the paper that every newscast producer reads religiously to see what should be deemed worthy of prime time coverage, printed the following paragraph in their sunday edition entitled "Where are the War Heroes?":

ONE soldier fought off scores of elite Iraqi troops in a fierce defense of his outnumbered Army unit, saving dozens of American lives before he himself was killed. Another soldier helped lead a team that killed 27 insurgents who had ambushed her convoy. And then there was the marine who, after being shot, managed to tuck an enemy grenade under his stomach to save the men in his unit, dying in the process.

Their names are Sgt. First Class Paul R. Smith, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and Sgt. Rafael Peralta. If you have never heard of them, even in a week when more than 20 marines were killed in Iraq by insurgents, that might be because the military, the White House and the culture at large have not publicized their actions with the zeal that was lavished on the heroes of World War I and World War II.
(bold emphasis added by moderator)

Do you notice anything missing from this list? The MEDIA maybe? Believe it or not, we recognized each and every one of those incidents the NYTimes listed and we could even name one of the heroes by name without prompting (Sergeant Hester, the first ever female recipient of the Silver Star). But that's because we DON'T read the NYTimes. We wouldn't line a bird cage with it or wrap a fish in it.

The single biggest obstruction in the successful prosecution of this war is the so called main stream media. Back in the days of WWI and WWII, the media actually wanted us to win. They recognized evil and unchecked aggression and realized the danger it presented to the world. Today? They broadcast forged documents attempting to bring down a president, present skewed data collection as public opinion, conduct investigations of a Supreme Court nominee's adopted children, openly slander presidential advisors or anyone with a conservative point of view and ignore genuine acts of heroism while asking why no one is aware of the heroes that walk among us. No wonder americans distrust the media more and more every day.

3 Comments:

Anonymous leftisthebest said...

You blame the media, yet you state the White House, YOUR White House (emphasis added by yours truly) choose not to make them public. And what about your savior, the Rush one? Why was he not there to lead the charge, so to speak. Oh yea, I forgot. Rush was a draft dodger also.

If the military does not make it public why blame the media. Right wingers blame the media when they break a story and then blame them when they don't. You can't have it both ways.

In the past, media covered up autrocities by the government. Today the government does it themselves.

8/08/2005 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Bush boy said...

Actually, the White House and the military held large ceremonies to present these heroes with their medals. Or in the case of one, his wife and child accepted the Congressional Medal of Honor for him as he was deceased. The White House and the military DO PUBLICIZE these events. The media has refused to cover them just like when Donahue and the FOP hold press conferences and the local media refuses to send even a print reporter to cover it. Methinks maybe the Moderator highlighted the entire statement to point out to the more well informed members of this community (like him or herself and our own self ) who actually KNEW about the award ceremonies the military held.

If you think about it, its kind of like a Department Commendation ceremony actually. I've never seen the media there, yet there are some true heroes there who might actually gnerate a little positive publicity for the Department, but the media refuses to come.

8/08/2005 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Leftisthebest:

Did you eat your hanging chads today?

Only if we did not invade the Motherland Russia. One tiny error and we have to put up with your kind.

I wish Watergate never occurred or was reported. Turn to the west and pray towards San Clemente. NIXON was my GOD.

May the great King, George Bush eradacate the plague of the Christian world, remember the Crusades. .

8/12/2005 09:43:00 AM  

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