"Blaming the Poor-Poor Innocent Messenger"
The News-Media now wants us to believe that it is “too dangerous” to report good stories from schools and libraries in Iraq but “not too dangerous” to be at every single IED or car-bombing site within minutes with a live report lasting all day! Hmmmm.
And they still wonder why anyone would think they don’t provide balanced coverage.
Wolf Blitzer himself said on March 23 to Bill Bennett (after showing the wife of a serviceman asking the President how we can get better coverage of what is really happening in Iraq and receiving a loud standing ovation for the question alone)
Wolf: “Why would the public blame the media for the way things are going in Iraq”?
Bennett: “That’s not what they are saying Wolf, they are saying that most of the coverage is of IED’s and bombs with little coverage of the rebuilding or the rest of the story”
Wolf: “It is a dangerous place to do get stories and several media have lost lives…”
So apparently it is too dangerous to go the the school or library but not too dangerous to go where the bombs are blowing up?
Give me the duct tape.
While the joke below went around several years ago, it still a good analogy of how the news media inflicts their own opinions into the news.
From Hero to Zero- Headline News:
Two young boys from Boston were walking home from school and had to walk by a fence where there was a big vicious dog that barked and tried to get at them every day as they passed by.
One day the boys were passing by and the dog had gotten out of the fence.
The boys tried to sneak past but the dog attacked one of the boys.
The other young boy grabbed a 2x4 from the broken fence and began to defend his friend. The dog would not give in and continued the attack on the boy. The other boy hit the dog in the head with the board and killed the dog, saving his friend who had been severely bitten by the animal several times.
A reporter from the local paper came out to do a story on the heroic young man who had saved his friend. He told the boy he would ask some questions and type in the story right there on his laptop while the boy watched.
He started with the headline.
“Heroic Redsox Fan Rescues Friend”
The boy quietly spoke up and said, “Actually, I’m not a baseball fan and not really a hero”
The reporter quickly retyped the new headline…
“Heroic Celtics Fan Saves Friend from Vicious Attack”
The young boy again spoke up and said, “I’m not really a Celtics fan, …I kinda’ like the Nuggets, …but I do like politics though”!
“Great”, said the reporter as he backspaced again and typed another headline.
“Heroic Future Democrat Saves Friend from Attack”
The boy again said, “excuse me, but I like George W Bush”.
The reporter said “thank-you”, packed up his things and left.
Here is the headline that appeared on the morning news the next day.
“Bush-Backing-Bully Brutely Kills Beloved Family Pet in Boston”And finally, if the US media isn't biased against success in Iraq, why hasn't there been one single report titled-
IRAQ: After Saddam
Part 1- Rebuilding a Country
The story on how Iraqi's are getting control of their own lives and building a new country while getting shot at and blown up by thugs who want them to fail at rebuilding.
Where is THAT story Wolf Blitzer or Chris Mathews or Helen Thomas?