How Long Will the Media Get the Iraq Story Wrong?

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Stephen Scwhartz opines at TCS about how long it will be before the Media get some semblence of sanity with their reporting of Iraq.

We won again! For a second time, the Iraqi people proved the Western mainstream media, Islamist radicals, self-righteous and nihilistic war protestors, disaffected Democrats, and neo-isolationists wrong: the referendum on the new constitution was successful. The Sunni minority participated in the polling and those among them voting “no” were swamped by the positive outcome.

But how long will the MSM get the story wrong before they understand that they are a major part of the problem.

For many months, the MSM and their assorted political allies have indoctrinated the world in despicable lies:

  • That the Wahhabi terror in Iraq, financed by and recruited among radical Saudis, was an “insurgency” or “resistance” caused by the actions of President Bush.
  • That the Sunni Arabs in Iraq backed the alleged insurgency, were uniformly opposed to the constitutional process, and would prevent its completion.
  • That anti-Shia blandishments by Saudi and other Sunni rulers would seal Sunni opposition to the new reality in Iraq.

What about the views of moderate Sunni’s that were predicting widespread particiaption and the probable outcome?

Nonetheless, moderate Sunni Muslims who tried to tell Western media and government the facts about the probable outcome in the Iraqi constitutional election were ignored. Instead, numerous MSM reporters applied the practice they have pursued since the Sandinista era in Nicaragua: they found radicals and marginal, anonymous grumblers, and presented their clichés as the voice of all Iraqi Sunnis.

Anyone who can use egregious and incorrigible in the same sentence definately desrves to be taken seriously.

Egregious, incorrigible examples of the Stalinist dialectic in the MSM continue even after the Iraq vote. The London Guardian, on Sunday, October 16, published a “news salad,” tossed and retossed with vinegar and oil: a sequence of paragraphs seeking to perpetuate the Sunni issue as the sole topic of interest in Iraq. It tried to portray the Sunni vote for the constitution as contributing to further violence in Iraq. The argument, as convoluted as a tantric Yoga exercise, went like this: Sunnis voted, but against the constitution (actually, only some of them voted that way); although they voted in a process to accept the constitution they will not accept it; supposedly, all Sunnis are aggrieved about the share-out of petroleum revenues… blah, blah, blah. A “news salad” is the journalistic equivalent of “word salad:” according to a dictionary, “a jumble of extremely incoherent speech as sometimes observed in schizophrenia.”

The unreported (by the MSM) Saudi/Wahhabi activism is also highlighted.

Regarding the Saudi/Wahhabi utopia, the kingdom south of Iraq still harbors hundreds of clerics inciting violence on the northern side of the border. The sermons of these clerics are posted on websites daily. Some are made public by Western-based Saudi dissidents. But they are mainly ignored by the MSM.

To put it more bluntly, how long will the devotion to disinformation of the MSM continue? Will MSM “journalists” ever be called to account for their consistent misrepresentations?

 


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