Thursday, July 05, 2007

Bumped to top: "We media are an interest group...."

I was reminded, this weekend, of a long ago letter my high school aged brother wrote to the editor of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. He wrote about factual mistakes in an article about the first girl athletic trainer in the FWISD. He wrote nothing derogatory about the girl, who happened to be a friend of his, and whose family happened to be friends of our family. The Star Telegram ran a tall, bolded headline above his letter to the editor:

Man Objects to First Woman Athletic Trainer
Which, of course, was untrue. My brother LOVED that his friend was the first girl athletic trainer in the FWISD. If anyone bothered, after seeing the inflammatory and inaccurate headline, to read his perfectly clear letter, they would've seen he was objecting to factual inaccuracies printed by the paper - which were, of course, neither acknowledged nor corrected by the paper. Which all reminded of this:

We media are an interest group not much different from the automakers, the unions, and the farmers.
In my brother's case, the Star Telegram was more interested in promoting girls as athletic trainers than in addressing factual inaccuracies in their story. The irony is that my brother was likely also interested in promoting girl athletic trainers. He was an athlete, and also a guy who enjoyed attention from girls. I can confidently say he preferred being treated by a girl to being treated by a guy. Anyway, all of that prompts a bump of the following back to the top of the blog:

Instapundit :


Because that might help Bush.

UPDATE: A journalist whose name you'd recognize emails:

Yon's story doesn't get attention because it is humiliating.

It is humiliating because it is obvious that we media – and our allies in the state department, the legal trade, the NGOs, the Democratic Party, the UN, etc., - can’t do squat about such determined use of force.

Our words, images, arguments and skills can’t stop the killing. Only the rough soldiers and their guns can solve the problem, and we won’t admit that fact because the admission would weaken our influence and our claim to social status.

So we pretend Yon’s massacre – and the North Korean killing fields, the Arab treatment of women, the Arab hatred of Israel, etc. - doesn’t exist, and instead focus our emotions and attention on the somewhat-bad domestic things that we can ‘fix’ with our DC-based allies.

Things such as Abu Ghraib, wiretapping, etc. When we ‘fix’ them, then we get status, applause, power, new jobs, ego, etc.

Please don’t be surprised. We media are an interest group not much different from the automakers, the unions, and the farmers.

Notice our media person explicitly states the media are in league with allies in the U.S. State Department, as well as members of the legal profession, the Democratic Party, and the U.N. Any honest political observer knows that to be true. Yet, because so many dishonest persons deny it, it is nice to see it explicitly admitted.

When I was younger, and less clued in, and more naive, I thought the State Dept - seeing as how they are part of the Executive Branch - would be allied with POTUS. I thought wrong. The State Department works with Presidents who promote their ideological agenda. The State Department - along with their allies in the media and the Democratic Party - work against Presidents who do not.

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