Warped Media Culture

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I wouldn’t have done this article any justice if I simply pasted quotes. So here it is in all it’s glory.

Are They Statistics or Heroes?

by Tom Bevan

It’s truly hard to fathom how warped the media culture is in this country. Most major newspapers are leading this morning with the 2,000th U.S. combat death in Iraq. Apparently, this is a “milestone” the media deems worthy of expanded coverage – including news analysis of the “grim” numbers, stories of family grief, and “interactive graphics” of our fallen men and women.

Buried at the bottom of all the coverage ostensibly intended to “honor” our troops is the little tidbit that, oh by the way, the Iraqi constitution passed.

Look at the treatment at The Washington Post web site, which even manages to negatively phrase news of the Iraqi charter vote:

How about above the fold at The New York Times?

This isn’t honoring our soldiers, it’s using their deaths to try and negatively influence the public about the war in Iraq. You think I’m being too harsh? Ask any soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq if they think this type of coverage “honors” their fallen comrades or their mission and see what kind of response you get.

The problem is that to truly honor something means, by definition, to hold it in high respect and esteem. Members of the media may hold the sacrifices of individual soldiers in esteem but it’s fair to say that, as a whole, they have significantly less respect for or belief in the causes for which those soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq. The result is that much of the mainstream media can’t separate the men from the mission, and feel that to write positive stories about Iraq or stories truly honoring our soldiers would be seen as propaganda supporting the policy (and indirectly the President).

To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, look at this:


The left will say this is propaganda from a right-wing rag. But the one striking difference between the Post and the rest is that at least The Post is willing to treat our dead soldiers as “heroes.” The New York Times had no problem writing exhaustively about the heroes of 9/11, but when it comes to Iraq all we get are body counts.


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