What ever happened to journalistic accountability?


There is a terrible crime going on right now against not only the Iraqi people and American soldiers, but against all people who now live in poverty and oppression. When media sources can print unconfirmed news reports that have the ability to incite riots and cause deaths they are in my opinion acting with reckless disregard for human life.

In some cases, as with the latest Newsweek report on the “toilet” flushing of the Koran, one might say the media was bordering on treason. I say treason because their actions aided our enemy, namely the terrorists, and caused death of innocent Iraqi and American soldiers.

Public statements like the one made by Eason Jordan of CNN
accusing American troops of targeting journalists is another example of irresponsible and reckless abuse of the media. Of course he could been referring to the journalist who was shot as he was accompanied terrorists as they attacked American troops? I am sure Japan and Germany would have loved this type of media cooperation during WWII. Of course, any journalist who had done such a thing would most certainly be arrested and tried for treason.

Al Jazeera always manages to be the first on the scene of random terrorists attacks. Generally, this is long before any other journalist arrives. One can only wonder how this can occur unless their reporters have first hand knowledge before the fact. If you look at Al Jazeera’s coverage today, or any day for that matter, you will see nothing but horror stories of the “occupation.” Occupation implies one country has been invaded by another country and there are no plans on the part of the “invading” force to leave voluntarily.

Frankly I know of no occupying force that has allowed an occupied country to freely establish a Democracy. Nor do I know of one that allowed said country to hold elections. I challenge anyone to name an occupier that helped said country build up an Army, Police Department, and Border patrol, much less train and arm them so they can handle their own affairs. Nor do occupiers just get up and leave once a country is standing on its own two feet.

Now we have a British newspaper [tabloid as far as I am concerned] showing pictures it obtained of Saddam Hussein in his under wear. As if anyone wants to see a fat, wrinkled, old man in his drawers!! One can only wonder if these pictures were shown to deliberately inflame the Iraqi people because it is common knowledge that these type pictures are an insult to both Iraqi and Muslims. Is this newspaper not responsible for the consequences of its stories?

In England the were massive protests outside the American embassy. In Afghanistan, massive protests have led to the loss of life of Afghan and American soldiers who were both victims of irresponsible and reckless journalism. Will more die over this UK story too?

Has the media become so desperate for ratings that they will risk human life or risk violence and civil unrest, or even out right war, or civil war? Where is the line drawn? Who will be held accountable for any further lost lives?

If given a chance, Iraq and Afghanistan might very well succeed. They would then become beacons of hope to other impoverished, “enslaved” countries. They would also be a warning to other future and present rulers who deny basic human rights and dignity to their people.

But this reckless disregard doesn’t just apply to the media. In the US, UK, and elsewhere political parties seem determined to stop efforts by their governments that would help make changes like those in Iraq and Afghanistan succeed. It seems they would rather see failure unless their way of action was being implemented. The other party can’t possibly do the right thing!

Have people become so caught up in winning back control in their respective governments for their political parties that they have no concern for human life and will use any means to regain, or gain control for their party in their government? There seems to be a great deal of self interest being served by many special interest groups without regard for the over all consequences to others.

Are we going to again wait until things get so bad or despots or fanatics become so powerful that they begin their March into Poland so to speak while the rest of the major countries sit back and watch and do nothing. The terrorists are not going to go away. But they will take advantage of every poor, desperate country and spread their fanaticism and hatred by whatever means necessary.

But, free people, with successful economies and a Democratic government of their own making, with the help of other more well off countries’ lessens the chance of fanatics taking root in these fledgling countries. The other way, ignoring the problem has failed miserably every time before, especially during WW I and II.
But there are a lot of people with their head either in the sand or up their posterior! Take a look at the links below for additional information.

1]. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD
/asiapcf/05/21/afghanistan.abuse.
reut/index.html

“KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday he was shocked by a U.S. army report on abuse of detainees in Afghanistan, saying his government wanted custody of all Afghan prisoners and control over U.S. military operations.”

2]. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD
/europe/05/20/britain.protest/
index.html

“LONDON, England (CNN) — About 300 people have taken part in a noisy protest over the alleged desecration of the Quran outside the U.S. Embassy in central London.”

3]. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/
meast/05/21/saddam.photos/index.html

“BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The U.S. military says it will “aggressively investigate” how photographs of Saddam Hussein in captivity — including one of the deposed leader in his underwear — were released to a London tabloid.”

4]. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7915741/

“This effort has led to friction between U.S. and Iraqi forces in the field, with Iraqis at times questioning demands for humane treatment of enemy fighters who themselves show no respect for the laws of war. U.S. officers say they regularly warn the Iraqis that failure to curtail abusive behavior could tarnish the image of the new security services, risking a loss of Iraqi public support and jeopardizing U.S. and other foreign assistance.”

5]. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/
Middle_East/GE21Ak04.html

Take a look at how the media is rapidly becoming the new weapon of choice for the terrorists.

6]. http://www.nationalreview.com/
kudlow/kudlow200502111236.asp

“To recap, at last month’s economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jordan publicly accused the U.S. military of deliberately targeting journalists in order to assassinate them.”

“Besides the obvious anti-military bias, Jordan’s comments were incredibly arrogant and cynical. And, yes, I believe his remarks border on wartime treason, since they so clearly give aid and comfort to our terrorist enemies as well as anti-American Arab militants throughout the Middle East. Remember, this is the same Eason Jordan of CNN who made a deal with Saddam Hussein and his regime to not report atrocities in Iraq in exchange for keeping a CNN news base in Baghdad.”

7]. http://news.yahoo.com/
news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050516/
ap_on_re_us/newsweek_quran

“The report had real consequences,” McClellan said. “People have lost their lives. Our image abroad has been damaged. There are some who are opposed to the United States and what we stand for who have sought to exploit this allegation.””

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~ by devildog6771 on May 21, 2005.

 
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