Thursday, October 14, 2004

 

Ignorant Arrogance

Reporters think something is better than nothing.

This PBS Newshour segment about media coverage of Iraq is instructive. The shallow, shortsighted nature of these men is almost unbelievable.

Their point of reference is just after the invasion, and they say things are clearly getting worse. But how are things now compared to when Saddam was in power? They say that since it is almost impossible to see all of Iraq, one only sees the one side, the implication being that it is the the US side. But Rooney admits the terrorists are "somewhat" responsible for setting the agenda. Which is it? They acknowledge that Americn actions may actually diffusing the situation, but they don't know. As far as I can tell, most reporting is utterly devoid of this notion.

They freely admit their work lacks thoroughness, immediacy and detail. They are knowlingly imparting a badly distorted impression in collective mind of the American public and they are shockingly insouciant about doing so. How arrogant! Anyone with an ounce of common sense should realize that on an issue this important reporters should accurately report the truth - or nothing at all.

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