:: Friday, October 01, 2004 ::
Why are we still not getting the truth about Iraq from our own media outlets? Consider
Consider this story Rose saw reported: ''I was going through the battle damage assessment at my desk with NBC's Today on the TV. The attack occurred in the middle of the night. I had the footage of the attack on my computer, and here's Katie Couric (or whoever hosts it) showing the same bomb location.
''I had pictures of the bombed vehicles, which is how I knew she was talking about the same location. The next shot is kids being carried into a hospital. We had eyes on this for a long time. If there were kids in there, they were toting weapons or the terrorists used them as human shields. …
''I went to our Combat Operations Center and walked into them watching the same thing. I verified what I thought and spoke with our intelligence guys. They said the whole thing was staged and probably old footage. They track the footage and have seen repeat footage shown in the past. They also said to look at the footage and see if it makes sense. More often than not, it doesn't … pulling a child from rubble with relatively clean clothes. ''
Is NBC wrong and the Marines right? Americans deserve both sides to make up their minds.
''The Najaf shrine — HUNDREDS of dead women and children were brought out after Sadr left,'' Rose wrote. ''They (Sadr's supporters) rounded them up during the battle and brought them in to be executed. Why? Because they anticipated the Americans would eventually enter the shrine and walk into a media ambush. We never went in. The people of Najaf love us right now because of that. They hate Sadr and want him dead.
''Have you heard that one yet (in the media)?''
You can easily find reports such as these on the Internet and in a few papers, but rarley in national or international outlets. Why aren't these stories prominently covered by the MSM? Why should all of the negative coverage be of US efforts rather than the likes of Sadr and his ilk? What a warped and nauseating view of those who would claim to inform, instruct, and enlighten us on world affairs. Our news organizations are reduced to propagandists and 3rd rate political hacks.
Fine. Report the bad. Accurately report our mistakes. And just as accurately and vociferously report our success and the depravity of the enemy when it is evident.
Am I asking too much?
:: Mark 10:59 AM [+] ::