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Right Intention: Soldiers Question Media Over Iraq

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Soldiers Question Media Over Iraq

Jack Kelly has a very good op ed. Soldiers are becoming very frustrated at the news coverage in Iraq.

Marine Cpl. Isaac Pacheco, who works in the Coalition public affairs office in Baghdad, wondered why no one in the "mainstream" media has seen fit to do a story on Sgt. Addie Collins, an Army reservist from Los Angeles, who -- through donations from friends back home -- has supplied 10,000 pairs of sneakers, sandals and boots to children in Ar Ramadi.

Wait. There's more.

I just read yet another distorted and grossly exaggerated story from a major news organization about the 'failures' in the war in Iraq," Lt. Col. Tim Ryan, a battalion commander in the First Cavalry Division, wrote in an email to friends.

"Print and video journalists are covering only a small fraction of the events in Iraq, and more often than not, the events they cover are only the bad ones," said Ryan, who is now stationed in Fallujah. "Many of the journalists making public assessments about the progress of the war in Iraq are unqualified to do so, given their training and experience. The inaccurate picture they paint has distorted the world view of the daily realities in Iraq."

Ryan wondered why journalists devote so little attention to atrocities committed by the resistance, and so much on scandals like Abu Ghraib.

Ryan, here is a fact of life. For whatever reason, journalists do not support this war. And therefore, either consciously or subconsciously, they are doing what they can to subvert it. A journalist's job these days is more akin to a Joseph Goebbels propaganda machine than real journalism. It's that simple. The American public would be just as well off with no professional "journalists" in Iraq as with these people. Either way we would be just as informed about the realities there.


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