It’s Not Just Newsweek
Michelle Malkin‘s latest column is up at JWR. She reminds us of a whole string of incidents that illustrate the legacy media’s anti-military, moral equivalence mindset.
It’s the constant editorial drumbeat of “quagmire, quagmire, quagmire.”
It’s the mainstream media’s bogus reporting on the military’s failure to stop purported “massive” looting of Iraqi antiquities.
It’s the hyping of stories like the military’s purported failure to stop looting of explosives al Qaa Qaa right before the 2004 presidential election stories that have since dropped off the face of the earth.
It’s the persistent use of euphemisms “insurgents,” “hostage-takers,” “activists,” “militants,” “fighters” to describe the terrorist head-choppers and suicide bombers trying to kill American soldiers and civilians alike. It’s the knee-jerk caricature of American generals as intolerant anachronisms. It’s the portrayal of honest mistakes in battle as premeditated murders.
t’s the propagandistic rumor-mongering spread by sympathizers of Italy’s Giuliana Sgrena and former CNN executive Eason Jordan about American soldiers targeting and/or murdering journalists.
It’s the glorification of military deserters, who bask in the glow of unquestioning and largely uncorroborated print and broadcast profiles.
During the run-up to the Iraq War, Glenn Reynolds and others popularized the catch-phrase “They’re not anti-war, they’re on the other side.” I still refuse to believe that any but the fringe media are quite there. Sadly, though, the effective difference is nil.