Friday, June 30, 2006

Perhaps It's All Very Simple...

I will be concentrating on Michael Totten's blog in the next few posts. Today he writes:

Media Israel is a cartoon. Media Lebanon and Media Iraq are cartoons, too. The information that dribbles out from those places is extraordinarily limited. It is just impossible to get the whole picture or even five percent of the picture if that's all you have to work with.

Often on purpose. During the Vietnam War many draft-dodgers got jobs in the already-biased but rapidly growing mainstream media. Once there, they only let their own ilk through the door. Then you get results like this:
"...stories that are filed by reporters in the field very seldom reach the American public as written. An anecdote from Col. McMaster [commander of the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment] illustrates this dramatically. TIME magazine recently sent a reporter to spend six weeks with the 3rd ACR as they were in the battle of Tal Afar. When the battle was over, the reporter filed his story and also included close to 100 pictures that the accompanying photographer took. TIME published a cover story on the battle a week later, allegedly using the story sent in by their reporter. When the issue came out, the guts had been edited out of their reporter’s story and none of the pictures he submitted were used. Instead they showed a weeping child on the cover, taken from stock photos. When the reporter questioned why his story was eviscerated, his editors in New York responded that the story and pictures were “too heroic”. McMaster had read both and told me that the editors had completely changed the thrust and context of the material their reporter had submitted."

Perhaps it is all very simple: these editors were and are cowards. They will never allow anyone who thinks the the U.S.A. (or fighting and democratic U.S. military allies like Israel or Iraq) is worth defending with armed force to be seen as a hero. They could never sustain their own self-image (or that of their idols) as heroic draft-dodgers otherwise. The End.

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