Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The plain fact is that the mainstream media have been too busy depicting our troops as victims to have much time left to tell about the heroic things they have done, the far greater casualties which they have inflicted on their enemies, or their attempts to restore some basic services and basic decencies to this country that has been torn apart for years by internal and external wars -- even before the first American troops arrived on the scene.
You don't say. But this is the part that really makes me angry:
That fact has now been belatedly recognized in a New York Times opinion piece, but with a strange twist.
After briefly mentioning a few acts of bravery in Iraq -- including a Marine who smothered an enemy grenade with his own body, saving the lives of his fellow Marines at the cost of his own -- the Times' writer said, "the military, the White House and the culture at large have not publicized their actions with the zeal that was lavished on the heroes of World War I and World War II."
Think about that spin: The reason we don't hear about such things is because of the Pentagon, Bush and "the culture at large."
Gah!!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Fitch said...

Hello, Kettle. You'r black. Sincerely, The Pot.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Sure. And we know that if the White House and Pentagon did go out of their way to publicize such acts of bravery, that no one would accuse them of "flag waving" and appealing to "patriotism" to distract from their "failing war."

Right.

9:29 AM  
Blogger TallDave said...

That occurred to me too, Paul. I can just see the NYT coverage.

"Bush and the Pentagon, in an effort to sell an unpopular war and boost sagging poll numbers, today began a series of carefully orchestrated awards ceremonies designed to bolster public support in the face of a relentless insurgency that has claimed 1,789 American lives."

4:25 PM  
Blogger TallDave said...

The thing tht makes me really angry is that they describe their own shameful behavior as some kind of unstoppable faceless cultural trend.

4:26 PM  

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