Sedition and Unpatriotic Activities
I am sickened, saddened, hurt, and really, really pissed off. Last night at about midnight, I pulled up a Yahoo News page. For your edification, I have provided below a paragraph or so of the text from all of the Featured Articles and Opinion & Editorials sections that were displayed. I did not even look at the (more stories) links. Each of these articles can easily be categorized as a negative portrayal of the efforts of the United States and her Allies in the Global War on Terror. Nearly every instance of a positive report is quickly followed by a series of but... statements, all negative.|
I have railed and ranted on the subject before, along with many others, on how the Mainstream Media presents an overwhelmingly negative slant on the news. Actually, in many cases it goes far beyond a slanting or bias in reporting, it is an actual twisting of facts. Lies, if you will. Or even if you won't.
"But wait!" you say, "These are facts being reported."
PERCEPTION IS REALITY! To the majority of Americans these facts being reported are their only perception of the news. Their perception, therefore their reality, is distorted. For a news organization to pawn this perception off on the American public is to LIE to that public. Enough preamble.... check these out:
The script was Brussels does Baghdad this Wednesday at an international conference of foreign ministers - co-sponsored by the US and the European Union - high on rhetoric and low on practical decisions, designed to support nation (re)building in Iraq as a "pluralist democracy". UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Iraqis should "take heart from this strong message of support".
See what I mean? Has anyone seen any reports of President Bush's poll numbers dropping like a rock recently? Do you wonder why? Most Americans do not wonder why, instead they read the news about the dropping polls, and think that maybe this President isn't so good after all. Maybe time for a Democrat in that office. And the culpable news organizations strut around acting all innocent like ("Did I do that?"), while privately gloating gleefully about this fine kettle of fish. (Thanks to Gerry at Daly Thoughts for the poll link)
Watch Your Six has this to say:
We are in a multi-front war here, folks. We have a Campaign happening in Afghanistan, another in Iraq, but first and foremost, we have the home front to deal with. The people responsible for twisting the news, gaming the system so to speak, must be countered at every turn. When they are in a position of power, and the ability to set the tone of the American conversation IS a position of power, and they misuse that power, they must face consequences. Sedition and unpatriotic activities are cause for removal from said positions.
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Update: (06/27/05 12:40 AM CDT) From the Wall Street Journal OpinionJournal (Subscription section, excerpt available here at Free Republic):
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Update: (06/27/05 9:40 AM CDT) And from ABC News:
[...] Public views are largely at odds with Cheney's assessment of the strength of the insurgency in Iraq: While Cheney said in an interview in late May that it's "in its last throes," only a quarter of Americans agree. And while Rice said success in Iraq "will be a death knell for terrorism as we know it," again only about a quarter of the public believes that defeating the insurgents in Iraq would do a great deal to defeat terrorism more generally, beyond Iraq's borders. [...]Nefariously create, then innocently report! I repeat: Bastards!
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Update: (06/27/05 5:00 PM CDT) Cenk Sumbas of (where else?) Cenk Sumbas offered a comment to this post. I prepared a (I think) nice reply, then Haloscan or Blogspot decided that I had included too many links! So, because I'm basically lazy and didn't want to waste all of that typing, I am reproducing both here (TAKE THAT, Haloscan!). First, the comment by Cenk Sumbas:
Sometimes it is important to hear other voices. Maybe, they are telling the truth which you do not want to hear. Do not blind and try to see everyview possible.And my reply:
Yes, I agree that all voices should be heard... to a point. We in the United States have the right to express our opinions, and that is a good thing. Even if that opinion includes the burning of the flag.
The evaluation about whether the United States should have used force against the Iraqi Hussein regime was important. And that question was answered. Those who continue to throw up the same arguments are saying, in effect, that our system is wrong, and they won't support it if the result goes against what they want/believe.
The question about whether the Iraqi Campaign is being won or lost is also a good discussion, and necessary. But to continually harp on the losing aspect at the expense of contrary data and opionions may become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and that is wrong.
Read my post again... I am not saying that the hard facts (i.e. number dead, amount of attacks, etc.) are incorrect. In fact, I accept them as accurate until they are shown to be incorrect. I did not read each of these stories with fact checking in mind, and am not making the accustion that they are incorrect. However, once a fact has been shown to be wrong, it is dishonest to continue using the original numbers as fact. For instance, how many Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the toppling of the Hussein regime? Is it 100,000, or closer to 25,000?
Opinions are just that... opinion. People will come to differing conclusions based on the same facts. That's fine, and expressing those opinions is our right.
Here is where we get to the crux of my rant: Facilitating the expression of only negative opinions is also dishonest. In a time of war, this amounts to sedition and treason, and is by definition unpatriotic.
Again, read the articles referenced by my post. At best, a few might, if you stretch, be classified as neutral. Most are negative.
Yet you should be well enough informed to know that there are good and positive things happening in Iraq. The economy has improved tremendously, violence outside of the Sunni triangle is very low, and the Iraqi people are fast becoming self-governimg, and self-policing.
Now I fully understand that individually, not all reporters, editors, and publishers either condone or facilitate this practice of presenting negative bias, or spin, to the American public. But the preponderance do, especially when you look at the news entities as a whole, rather than as a collection of individuals. And that negativity colors what the American public thinks about the war effort. And that's wrong.
The fact that you or I like or dislike President Bush (yes, I visited your blog) is not relevant to any of the above.
Thanks for visiting my blog, and offering your opinion.
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