Friday, July 22, 2005

Publius notes the new Iraqi Bill of Rights looks much better than the last one. (h/t Instapundit)

Jeez, you’d think their first freedom-enshrining Constitution would be getting more press (did they have this problem in 1776?) Why is it we have to go to a non-media source for news that should be trumpeted across the front pages of every freedom-loving newspaper in the world?

Hmmm. Sadly, I’m starting to think “freedom-loving press” is an oxymoron, at least when we’re talking about someone’s freedom besides their own. This little puff piece seems a rather grotesque paean to the sadistic, tyrannical rapists and murderers that were Saddam’s sons. Like most media bias, it’s not even so much what it says (“fond memories of Uday and Qusay,” all reference to their vicious brutality assiduously omitted from mention – oh, and the guy who turned them in? a dirtbag), but just the fact that they’re reporting this crap (sorry, can’t come up with a more-fitting word) rather than the historic creation of a consensual, constitutional gov’t with defined individual liberties. Ho-hum, democracy and freedom being codified for 25 million people. Yawn. Hey, look! Some of Saddam's old followers miss the tyrant princes! Now that's news!

It’s bad enough the mainstream press often seems to think Fourth Estate actually means Fifth Column. But now they’re not just undermining the government or promoting an antiwar agenda, but even seem to have lost their respect for the very qualities that made America such a noble enterprise.

The great pamphleteer Tom Paine must be rolling over in his grave to see the state of printed discourse today. Based on his views, I'm guessing today he'd be a libertarian-leaning blogger -- and he'd still love America.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post.

Uday's escapades more interesting than 27 million liberties - so thinks the average European sophisticate - traitor to his own Enlightenment roots ...

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Garry K said...

There is a modern day blogger who uses the name Tom Paine, but he's anything but a libertarian (as I also agree the real Tom Paine would be today), instead using the slogan "The best progressive insight and action. All day." Progressive!? Why doesn't he go for truth in advertising and just say socialist, which is what so-called progressives really are.

But at least the real Tomn Paine wouldn't have had any problem with fighting the terrorists, unlike the modern 'wimpy' Libertarian Party, whom I used to belong to but abandoned them with their unrealistic (non) response to the terrorists.

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possibly it should be receiving more press on conservative blogs as well? But maybe they're too embarrassed to draw attention to it? I think its a terrible disappointment and makes the war seem like a huge waste. And I don't doubt when alot of conservatives (and others) see it they're going to feel the same way. If anything, its leftists who will like parts of it. It's not even about rights; its a laundry list of social programs, and statements giving power to the government to impose 'morals', 'sharia', etc... Not what I expected at all.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Stephen M. St. Onge said...

      TallDave, the press are collaborationist scum, and that's all that need by said about most of them.

      Keep up the good work pointing it out.


1:48 PM  
Blogger TallDave said...


Conservative blogs seem to be the only place it's getting any press, and I don't think many are disappointed in it. It's night and day from the Saddam era.

7:06 PM  
Blogger thatcoloredfella said...

The Right has been the beneficiary of MSM coverage devoid of substantive content (Swift Boat Vets), plus ample cable time given to hysterical demagoguery (Terri Schiavo). Yet, now charges bias when the mundane, but significant happens. However, it does not buzz the Nielsen boxes like the latest, missing white girl!

5:31 AM  

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