Sunday, December 10, 2006

Eating what the media feeds us

As I was perusing some differeng blogs on the web, I came across "informeddissent" blogging about the media's role in the war in Iraq. Here I go again, blogging about the positives of the American culture. With the recent label of civil war, I have to wonder how truthfully events are being portrayed. Although I take "informeddissent's" assertions with a grain of salt because I have no idea who this person is, I feel that some very good, as well as interesting, arguments were made.

"Instead of authoritative media information about aluminum tubes and mobile weapons labs, we’re now getting authoritative media illumination of why a swift pullout of U.S. troops isn’t realistic or desirable. The result is similar to what was happening four years ago — a huge betrayal of journalistic responsibility."

I find this argument on the whole to be true. Viewers were fed the "weapons of mass destruction" line over and over again. Now that nothing was found, that's something that is no longer mentioned. Now viewers are being bombarded with, "stay the course" and " Get Out of Iraq Now? Not So Fast, Experts Say.”

"And so it goes — with U.S. media obsessively focused on such concerns as 'American military and political leverage,' 'American fortunes' and whether 'the United States can gain new traction in Iraq.' With that kind of worldview, no wonder so much news coverage is serving nationalism instead of journalism."

Are the media truly serving the government and themselves? Are we really getting the true story? Maybe we should all look past the bombardment of propaganda and think for ourselves--for the sanity of America.


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