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December 30, 2005

The Plague of Success

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

Today's a light posting day since the new year is just about upon us and like most people we plan to kick back a bit and relax.

But I did spot a noteworthy link at LGF that I'd like to share with readers - Victor Davis Hanson's piece on the strangeness of American politics: The Plague of Success.

Our affluent society is at a complete disconnect with hard physical work and appreciation of how tenuous life was for 2,500 years of civilization. Those in our media circus who deliver our truth can't weld, fix a car, shoot a gun, or do much of anything other than run around looking for scoops about how incompetent things are done daily in Iraq under the most trying of circumstances. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that our technologies and wealth give us a pass on the old obstacles of time and space -- as if Iraq 7,000 miles away is no more distant than Washington is from New York. Perhaps soldiers on patrol who go for 20 hours without sleep with 70 pounds on their back are merely like journalists pulling an all-nighter to file a story. Perhaps the next scandal will be the absence of high-definition television in Iraq -- and who plotted to keep flat screens out of Baghdad.

The result of this juvenile boredom with good news and success? Few stop to reflect how different a Pakistan is as a neutral rather than as the embryo of the Taliban, or a Libya without a nuclear-weapons program, or a Lebanon with Syrians in it, or an Iraq without Saddam and Afghanistan without Mullah Omar. That someone -- mostly soldiers in the field and diplomats under the most trying of circumstances -- accomplished all that is either unknown or forgotten as we ready ourselves for the next scandal.

Be sure to read the rest!

So this weekend, while MSM's journalists kick back themselves from their tough jobs of looking for scoops about how incompetent things are done daily by the administration both at home and in Iraq, and finding fault with everyone but themselves - those soldiers and marines on patrol who go for 20 hours without sleep with 70 pounds on their back will be working hard, doing their part to keep the terrorists and Islamofascists in Iraq so that those idiot journalists (and also the rest of us) will continue to have the freedom and security to continue doing what we do at home.

Do you think those journalists give a hoot?

Posted by Richard at December 30, 2005 5:17 PM

Self-absorbed jounalists give a hoot about no one except themselves and their own careers.

Posted by: Sandstorm at December 31, 2005 7:55 AM

A lot of people will agree with you - in the eyes of the public they're gaining a reputation as being about as trustworthy as the public views lawyers. That's not much.

Posted by: Richard at December 31, 2005 10:20 PM

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