Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Media's War

From Townhall.com, this excellent article by Thomas Sowell.

The media seem to have come up with a formula that would make any war in history unwinnable and unbearable: They simply emphasize the enemy's victories and our losses.
All wars come with death and loss of life. In fact, as Sowell points out:
Utter ignorance of history enables any war with any casualties to be depicted in the media as an unmitigated disaster.

Even after Nazi Germany surrendered at the end of World War II, die-hard Nazi guerrilla units terrorized and assassinated both German officials and German civilians who cooperated with Allied occupation authorities.
Each American life that has been lost in this war has been a tragedy. But what they ultimately lived for, and died for, is no tragedy. Many journalists seem to be great at seeing the tragedies of our world. Should that be the major skill necessary to become one?

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