December 14, 2005
The Media's War 'On America'Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media
Thomas Sowell wrote at Real Clear Politics yesterday that the media (at least up to now) seem to have come up with a formula that would make any war in history unwinnable and unbearable: "They simply emphasize the enemy's victories and our losses."
... Losses suffered by the enemy are not news, no matter how large, how persistent, or how clearly they indicate the enemy's declining strength.Sowell points out in his piece that "utter ignorance of history enables any war with any casualties to be depicted in the media as an unmitigated disaster," and that's exactly how the media have depicted our War on Terror.
... What are the enemy's victories in Iraq? The killing of Americans and the killing of Iraqi civilians. Both are big news in the mainstream media, day in and day out, around the clock.
... There has never been the slightest doubt that we would begin pulling troops out of Iraq when it was feasible. Only time and circumstances can tell when that will be. And only irresponsible politicians and the media think otherwise.
However, I'm not not so quick as Sowell to attribute the distinctly anti-American, anti-military slant of the American media to "utter ignorance of history. The extent and the exuberance undertaken by the media to undermine victory in Iraq, even to the point of aiding and abetting the enemy that is killing our own forces - bespeaks more of an agenda against the Commander-in-Chief and our nation itself. In times gone by, it would be called simply - treason.
But do read all of Sowell's excellent historical perspective on the ignorance behind the media's war on America.
Posted by Richard at December 14, 2005 6:57 AM
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