Back on Offense
It appears that the White House and Conservatives way be awakening from their slumber in regards to the War in Iraq. For weeks the press has just been having a field day running down the President and the Iraq War and it has been having a marked affect on public perception of both.
Now it seems as though the President and his supporters are fighting back. Earlier this week, President Bush and reporter Helen Thomas got into a bit of a scuffle over the War as the President strongly defended his decision. Then yesterday, a mother in West Virginia asked the President how we could challenge the media's negative portrayal of the War. Apparently ABC News, and no doubt other networks, have received hundreds of complaints about the lack of balance in their coverage of what is going on in Iraq.
Today, Tim Graham at the National Review examines the arguments against the media's coverage of the War and the networks' typically self-serving response to that criticism. For example he points out that after Laura Ingraham challenged NBC's Today show on their coverage, NBC responded with claims that the White House was just trying to "shoot the messenger" and use the media as a "scapegoat" for his failures.
These defenses, however, do nothing to answer the question about whether the media's coverage represents the true nature of what is going on in Iraq, which it doesn't. Unfortunately the media has fallen victim to conflating success in Iraq with President Bush's success. Achieving victory in Iraq should not be a Republican or Democratic issue. We can accept the fact that the media, by and large comprised of liberals who have never supported this President, do not want him to succeed. But by manipulating the coverage of the Iraq War by minimizing positive coverage, they are instead harming our military and emboldening our enemies.
I certainly do not believe that this is the result that the media desires, but it is the effect of their
actions nonetheless. I am glad to see that the President and his supporters are finally fighting back and trying to ensure that the American people hear the many positive stories that are coming out of Iraq. I hope that they continue to do so.