Monday, May 14, 2007

Bad News For People Who Love Bad News

The mainstream media's reporting of Operation Iraqi Freedom reminds me of the album from Modest Mouse - "Good News For People Who Love Bad News." Is it any wonder that support for the war has deteriorated when the public is barraged by bad news day in and day out without any report of progress in Iraq, the potential benefits of a free Iraq, and the potential chaos that will ensue if we fail in Iraq? The media's failure to report any of this is not due to ignorance, but to a purposeful attempt to shape public opinion. I don't expect them to ignore the bad news and the challenges, but they do have an obligation to report fairly. Gerd Schroeder is a Major in the US Army. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and offers examples of the media's malpractice in American Thinker: "The Missing Context in Media Reporting on Iraq." He also makes the point that President Bush has not done an adequate job of putting the successes in context for the American people.

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