July 19, 2007

An Open Letter To ABC

This blog has often made the accusation that the left is over-represented in the so called MSM (Main Stream Media). The detractors on the left say it isn't so, because (and talk about irrational reasoning) the MSM is owned by "corporations."

Well, of course, that explains it because everyone, just everyone knows that a corporation is just a money grubbing, right-wing, entity that is out to control the world. Ask any left winger, they'll tell you it is so.

However, when the charge comes from across the big pond between Europe and the US, so that even others can see the bias, the Lefts disclaimer is harder to swallow. Surfing the web this evening, I came across this open letter from David's Medienkritik-Online. Ray, the author of the letter and the co blogger of DMKO has it right.

To Whom It May Concern:

"With your recent report on Iraq in which you showed 6 soldiers burning to death in a Bradley vehicle. Once again you have proven that - as a part of the mainstream media - you are incapable of reporting anything but your own biased and defeatist version of the war - devoid of any context or anything beyond death, casualties and bombs."

"Attempting to glean the bigger picture from your coverage is absolutely impossible, as it so obviously reflects your own political, decidedly anti-war stance. Needless to say, you will drop coverage of the people of Iraq and their suffering like a hot potato as soon as American troops leave - as that is what you are so obviously out to achieve. It will be a replay of Vietnam and Cambodia - where millions died or fled after 1975 - but the media ignored the plight of those left behind after the political cause - American withdrawal - had been achieved."

"You owe it to the American people to ask what the consequences of withdrawal and defeat will be for Iraq and the wider region. Unfortunately, you seem so caught up in the daily drumbeat of death, bombs, casualties and little else, that you seem fundamentally unable to do so. Perhaps you ought to consider a report on the very real progress that is taking part in sectors of Iraq - which you seem so determined to ignore - as it doesn't seem to fit into the template you have created - one of defeat and humiliation for your own nation."

Ray Drake

Read the rest, especially the comments.

Posted by GM Roper at July 19, 2007 12:44 AM | TrackBack

It is not about the consequences to Iraq and the rest of the region. The only consequence of importance to them is the election. If readers think that is harsh, start listening to the soundbites and speeches from the Democrats - it's all about Bush and catastrophe and polls (and they get those wrong, too).

They can taste it, and the drug of power is addling their brains. Reminds me of Screwtape.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at July 19, 2007 08:09 AM

I went to the site and you have to be registered to comment, couldn't find a place to register... Catch-22...

Posted by TexasFred at July 19, 2007 06:57 PM

Fred, there may be a problem, I've tracked back, sent both david and ray an email and both were returned. The tb didn't take.

Posted by GM Roper at July 19, 2007 08:36 PM

I come back after a long, pleasant holiday from inarticulate militarist raving, and what do I find but a grammatical error in the site banner, of all places!

It just isn't safe to leave children to your own devices, is it?

Posted by Jassalasca Jape at July 21, 2007 03:27 AM

On reflection, maybe your community here is all about loneliness -- the longing of those driven to disillusioned psychosis by the trauma of combat for communion with fellow souls.

When the dust finally settles and the troops finally do come home, you will no doubt want to explain to them in graphic detail how hard you fought to keep them over there.

I'm sure you'll find a lot to talk about.

Posted by Jassalasca Jape at July 21, 2007 03:47 AM

That letter is well written.

And to Jassalasca Jape, I ask, assuming that a precipitous and premature pullout is forced on the military, what will you say and do when tens of thousands die in ethnic cleansing in Iraq?

Posted by Bald-Headed Geek at July 21, 2007 08:13 AM

JJ - you might also try talking to the troops yourself, and hearing what they think.

And speaking of grammatical errors, you might consider the following, from you: "It just isn't safe to leave children to your own devices, is it?" The irony is quite amusing.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at July 21, 2007 02:07 PM

Great coverage!

Posted by chrys at July 21, 2007 05:04 PM

The democrats and their pet goats (aka MSM) will do what they did after the slaughter of millions in Southeast Asia. They won't look at the blood on their hands but will ignore and deny facts. Hanoi John stated that no slaughter took place in South Vietnam and the reeducation camps weren't that bad. The blood on his hands is finally getting a hold on him (mentally) to make assinine statements like that. Millions of Americans are in the same shape, the guilt will drive them nuts, for most it will be a short trip. Add in millions suffering from BDS and the mental health industry is looking at billions of dollars in additional income in the next few years.

Posted by Scrapiron at July 21, 2007 09:20 PM

Great Hemingway quote!

Posted by chrys at July 21, 2007 10:06 PM

Dear Bald-Headed Geek,

"[A]ssuming that a precipitous and premature pullout is forced on the military, what will you say and do when tens of thousands die in ethnic cleansing in Iraq?"

Probably something along the lines of "I told you so."

Posted by Jassalasca Jape at July 22, 2007 04:53 PM

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