Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 

Wed

31

Jan

2007

Battling the Right Wingnuts
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 10:36
by Ed Kociela

Among my loyal readers is a guy named Jack, who frequently sends me those bogus e-mails about all the “good things” the “liberal media” refuses to print about what’s “really” going on in Iraq.

He's sent pictures of soldiers giving candy to Iraqi kids; photos of troops sitting down to a Thanksgiving dinner as their Commander in Chief carries around a plastic turkey with plastic trimmings for a plastic international photo op; stories of how many schools have been built; and how this newfangled Iraqi democracy is “working.”

It’s necessary, he tells me, to fight ‘em over there so we don’t have to fight ‘em here.

Now, the fact that Jack has a computer and is able to use e-mail means he has at the very least enough motor skills to qualify as a human, but I don’t think he should be allowed to amble down the street.

His most recent missive is a rehash of the things he’s written over the years, with a “Did You Know?” headline and tagged with:

“OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW! WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW? OUR MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!

“Instead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag-burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades."

“Tragically, the lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes: it is intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States, thus minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American citizens."

“Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense Web site.”

I couldn’t overcome the urge to send Jack my own “Did You Know?” list that went as follows:

Did you know that 58 percent of the American public wishes the Bush presidency was over?

Did you know that only 30 percent of Americans give Bush a favorable rating as president?

Did you know that Dick Cheney’s approval numbers are less than that?

Did you know that one of the biggest worries of the current military experts from the Pentagon is that the Iraqi military and police force will turn on the Americans?

Did you know that the electricity is on in Iraq less than when Saddam Hussein was in power?

Did you know that the Iraq War has cost more Iraqi civilian lives than all of those lost during the Saddam Hussein reign?

Did you know that the American public holds very little stock in the 'facts' coming from the Department of Defense and the White House these days?

Of course, his feathers were ruffled, his back went up and he began his defense with,

“I’m glad I’m one of the 30 percent who support the president” and ended with “The evidence you talk about is mostly lies the left-wing press has generated while not giving them (the administration) credit for what has NOT happened. We will be a sorry mess if they (the Iraqis, I presume) succeed in carrying out what they intended to do to us.”

In essence, what Jack would like, I guess, is a lapdog media with a love-it-or-leave it attitude when it comes to this country. What he wants is a media that puts a White House spin on every story. What he wants is a media that manipulates the news so the American public can go about life guilt-free for the sins of its leaders.

Ain’t gonna' happen, Jack, at least not on my watch.

I was raised on Cronkite and Breslin. I inhaled every word written by Hunter S. Thompson and a fan of every newsperson who had/has the courage to grab the American public by the throat, yank them off their couch and spit the truth into their blind eye.

If not for a credible press, we’d still be marching in Selma, Ala. for civil rights; we’d never have learned about the Nixon scandal; we’d still be in Vietnam, and that’s a fact, Jack.

I don’t do what I do for fear or favor and I make it a rule that as far as politicians are concerned, no matter what their party affiliation, I don’t trust them until I have reason to trust them.

So far, that number’s embarrassingly low.

I’ve had a friend in the administration ask me to “take it easy on his boss.” I’ve looked a couple of the most familiar faces in Washington, D.C. in the eye and asked hard questions without flinching.

I view this country’s current situation as appalling, an embarrassment and dangerous, perhaps more dangerous than any other time in our history.

A young co-worker recently asked me if I am still “a believer,” if I thought this noble profession was still valid, if we could make a difference.

I told her that if I didn’t, I’d be better off flipping burgers at the local McDonald’s than agonizing over which word should follow the last.

No, Jack, there are loyal, honorable, decent people in this country who are outraged, who ache for those who have lost their lives behind a pack of lies, whose hearts have been plundered by an unreality that has become our reality.

And, we’re reaching out, Jack, to shake you from the stupor that has glazed over far too many eyes in this once honorable republic.
More from this author:
Bomb Test Fails to Capture Interest - Divine Strake to go Ahead (6020 Hits)
by Ed Kociela Major media across the country have turned a deaf ear on an upcoming bomb test at the Nevada Test Site. This isn't an...
Why America is no longer leader of the free world (7178 Hits)
by Ed Kociela When the American people care more about the feud between Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell than in an escalation in the...
Bush is right, it’s time for America to change course (4550 Hits)
by Ed Kociela The one thing George Bush got right during his speech to the nation Wednesday night is that it is time to change America’s...
America's Nuclear Muscles (5435 Hits)
by Ed Kociela Nearly 62 years ago, the United States unleashed its nuclear muscle, dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was...
The Goobs on the Boob Tube (5351 Hits)
by Ed Kociela God, I hate Ann Coulter. She's the devil's spawn. And, she's dumb as a fencepost. Every now and then, I like to...
Related Articles:
Midterm Elections 2006: It's Always Darkest, Right Before ... It Goes Completely Black (9997 Hits)
by Phil Rockstroh If voting could change the system, it would be illegal. --Theodore Adorno "I can't go on. I'll go on....
The Dems’ New Power: Investigative Hearings Done Right (5773 Hits)
by Andrew Bard Schmookler On Election Day, America took a step that history may show to have been absolutely crucial in saving this republic....
Tommy Franks Was Right (4549 Hits)
by Larry C Johnson Douglas Feith, the former number three man at Rummy's Department of Defense and co-author of the debacle in Iraq, proved...
Getting It Right on Iran (4105 Hits)
by Larry C. Johnson The truth about the Iranian threat is that the Bush Administration is not telling the real truth. Like any effective...
Putin's Right - America is Creating Havoc (4409 Hits)
by Ed Kociela The language of diplomacy is normally as delicate as it is purposeful. That’s why Russian President Vladimir Putin’s...


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Trackback(0)
Comments (3)add comment

a guest said:

0
i like chicken i like liver...
Honestly who cares.... you sit here and complain and whine.

The simple fact is if the US leave now without success even if it takes 10000 years they are a bunch of good for nothing chicken shits who shouldn't start things if they can't finish them.

People have died in wars for hundreds and thousands of years, how many of them wouldn't do it again. With the help of the US if the war ends Iraq can become the South Korea of the Middle East. Is this what the people want prosperity and peace, yes. Will they have to fight for it yes.

Step 1 in winning this war) Any preacher in Iraq who implies that suicide bombing, fighting other people, encourages violence immediately loses his rights to life. Send in covert ops, send in military whatever kill these men. Most of the insurgents are sheep without a shephard they will die out.
 
February 01, 2007
Votes: +0

a guest said:

0
...
Ed wrote: If not for a credible press, we’d still be marching in Selma, Ala. for civil rights.

Ed, have you ever asked yourself why the salubrious effects of the Civil War were so short lived? After 1865, Freedmen across the South were being educated, voting, winning elective office, enjoying property rights, etc. Certainly, the US Army presence ensured these rights were observed and enforced as the vanquished Southern aristocracy could only fight back through terror groups like the Ku Klux Klan, etc. Never the less, progress was being made.

However, by 1876, commitment to the cause of emancipation and egaltarianism had faded among the general public and a political bargain in the disputed Hayes-Tilden Election brought Reconstruction to an unsatisfactory close. Ensuing decades would see the rise of Jim Crow as Civil Rights gains were rolled back to a status quo ante.

That's why 100 years after the Civil War, people were marching in Selma. Had the Federal Government stuck to it's promises in the 1870's instead of taking the easy way out, millions of lives, both black and white, would have been improved much earlier than they were.

There are positive things happening in Iraq just as there are negative things happening there. That leaves us as a nation and a civilization at a crossroads. In my estimation in 2007, the heroes of the 1870's were the ones who argued to stick it out, to fulfill the promises made to the freed men and women. Political expediency and partisan calculation only put off the reckoning the South had needed to undergo. If we abandon the people of the Middle East to the "Klan with a Koran", our descendents will despise us as we despise the gutless and hateful politicians of an earlier era.

My advice to 'cut and run' advocates is destroy anything you would be ashamed to have your great grandchildren read.
 
February 01, 2007
Votes: +0

a guest said:

February 10, 2007 | url
Votes: +0

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

adsense

Top