Monday, November 12, 2007

Where is the media?

For months, The New Republic, and their mysterious soldier, wrote lies about his American soldiers. Initially the main stream media bought into them, hook-line-sinker.

Now that the soldier and The New Republic have been totally discredited, the main stream media is no where to be found.

When the stories about Haditha broke, the media descended onto our soldiers like vultures. They were guilty- They were all guilty- was the impression we all got from the media.

Standing behind the main stream media stories was the likes of Congressman John Murtha, calling our American soldiers murderers and stating that they "killed innocent civilians in cold blood".

Where is the main stream media? There has been a virtual blackout by main stream media sources to get the truth out about The New Republic and their discredited stories.

Why is it the MSM is so willing to believe the lies of a few, but are unwilling to print the truth about numerous acts of American heroism?

I just do not get it.

You would think the media would want to print the stories of heroism.

You would think the media would be looking for stories on great American soldiers.

Instead they are looking for stories of defeat and stories that make American soldiers look bad.

The American media has gotten worse since the Vietnam war-

In both Vietnam and Iraq, news stories about soldiers have been largely negative. But heroism and sacrifice were far more prevalent in Vietnam than atrocities, and the same holds true today. The TNR-Beauchamp affair illustrates just how little things have changed since Vietnam. In April of 2005, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, U.S. Army, became the first soldier in the Iraq war to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was killed in action when his outnumbered unit was attacked by Iraqi forces at the Baghdad airport on April 4, 2003, and is credited with saving hundreds of lives. Yet as Robert Kaplan observed in a piece in the Wall Street Journal that “according to LexisNexis, by June 2005, two months after his posthumous award, [Smith’s] stirring story had drawn only 90 media mentions, compared to 4,677 for the supposed Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay, and 5,159 for the court-martialed Abu Ghraib guard Lynndie England.

After I read this article in the National Review, all I could think about is how many in our media were out looking for a negative story on American soldiers during this time of Veteran's Day Remembrance.

It is one thing for those in the media to seek the truth. It is another thing altogether for today's media to manufacture their own truth about American soldiers.

Today's media has become an absolute disgrace to America.

In their relentless pursuit of a tawdry story, today's American media has become the tawdry story.

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