MSM and News from the War


In the beginning of the War we got a news brief every day that let us know what was going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Pictures were sent in of our troops and we watched as they were posted on a big board. Reporters like that wonderful reporter who died while in Iraq gave us heart wrenching coverage. I loved watching that reporter talk about what he saw.

He gave such vivid descriptions of everything around him. He rode on our vehicles. He talked to the troops. He didn’t just talk about all the negative issues he observed. He fairly discussed both the successes, the failures, the “glory” for lack of a better word, and the “horrors” he saw. He reported fairly with heart. I am sure he didn’t like all the rules he was forced to follow, but he showed great professional journalism by abiding by the rules. He was aware that the security and safety of our troops was paramount.

Then Geraldo drew a picture in the sand of where he and our troops were during a particular mission. None of us at home recognized his drawing but the Iraqi would easily have known what he was drawing. Geraldo was immediately shipped home. He had endangered the security of our troops.

This didn’t set too well with the MSM. There were complaints more and more often that they were not allowed to freely report whatever they considered news. The death tolls of our troops began to rise. The initial lack of resistance changed. The enemy had backed up to where it was convenient for them to fight “their” war.

They entrenched themselves among the civilian population and used them as shields. Civilian casualties began to increase along with the toll of the coalition forces, especially American troops. At home the memories of 9/11 had begun to fade into the background. War was no longer “glorius.”

The election was coming up for President. The objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan were put aside for personal political agenda. We were bombarded with with campaign rhetoric. As the campaign moved on we were subjected to some of the most brutal insult to our intellect of any campaign in my memory. Insecurity over the publics ability to make responsible choices were addressed by extreme measures. Some of the most inappropriate personal attacks I have ever witnessed were thrown at us.

Legal changes on campaign funding were virtually useless because supposed independent groups made their own campaign efforts on behalf of candidates. Some of their efforts were nothing more than smear campaigns that had little to do with the issues and often in the long run little real substance. They were designed to play on public outrage and emotion to such an extent that reason was cast aside for emotion. Insulting to our intellect and frankly demeaning to spirit of our Constitution.

The media had a field day. Topics that should have been given a minimum of coverage were turned into media frenzy. There was no effort before hand to validate facts or the substance of issues. The negative impacts were taken and exploited to the extreme. The media was in and if itself a political machine. No attempt was made to show both sides of a story or sincerely validate facts first.

In the war in Iraq right now the same thing is happening. Soldiers in Iraq and Iraqi themselves are presenting one picture. The MSM is presenting a totally different picture. Their presentation is mostly negative.

Another issue hand in hand with this negative reporting is the media types working for the networks who are accompaning the terrorists and photograph them as they fire on our troops. I have wondered about this for some time. A broadcast of Iraq will come on and we’ll see our troops in action, then we’ll get these shots of the terrorists with their rpg’s and other weapons firing on our troops. They are right out in the open as if our troops are inept and being taunted.

Recently a National Day of Celebration was called by the Government to celebrate the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The al Sadr people, who by the way refused tp participate in the election recently, staged a public display of a couple thousand to let it be known they were still around. Thousands more were marching in celebration of Saddam’s departure. All I saw on the MSM was a story depicting “thousands” rallying behind al Sadr shouting for the US to leave.

The troops and the Iraqi have taken to the blogs to show and tell the story in Iraq. They are writing about the Iraqi attitude, showing pictures of the progress, thanking America and the coalition for all our help. They write about the pride and hope that now exists among the Iraqi people.

So what’s it going to take to get decent coverage. Well, I might start to watch only Aaron Brown at CNN and the Fox news network because they have been found to be the most fair minded and accurate.

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~ by devildog6771 on April 27, 2005.

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