Wednesday, March 15, 2006

News vermin declining

"During a recent visit to Baghdad, I saw an enormous failure," writes retired Army officer and author Ralph Peters. "On the part of our media. The reality in the streets, day after day, bore little resemblance to the sensational claims of civil war and disaster in the headlines."

Emphasis added, by me. Peters lays out eight major misrepresentations by the mainstream mediocracy in their endless drumbeat of bad news against the war and the Bush White House. Here's just one:

"Hatred of the U.S. military. If anything surprised me in the streets of Baghdad, it was the surge in the popularity of U.S. troops among both Shias and Sunnis. In one slum, amid friendly adult waves, children and teenagers cheered a U.S. Army patrol as we passed. Instead of being viewed as occupiers, we're increasingly seen as impartial and well-intentioned."

Read the rest here. So, I guess Saddam's call today at his trial for Shias and Sunnis to unite against U.S. GIs may be falling upon deaf ears. Except, of course, for the ears of the mainstream mediocracy...

Meanwhile, in other press ignominies, Little Green Footballs reports that Acton Gorton, editor of the Daily Illinis at the University of Illinois, was fired for publishing the Danish Muhammad cartoons. Dude, the mediacrats are just covering themselves with glory this week...

Read all about it here.

But take heart. The stranglehold of the mainstream medicrats on news & information is slipping by the day. Witness this week's purchase of the ultra-liberal Knight Ridder newspapers by the McClatchy group, which says it's going to reduce staff to stop the bleeding from declining circulation. Net effect: Fewer news vermin. This, at the same time The Washington Post is being forced to trim its newsperson ranks by about 10 percent.

Again, fewer news vermin. One can only hope that the pink slip eventually catches up with all the David Gregories of the profession.

It reminds me of the declining birth rate among people on the left. In time, these problems seem to have a way of self-correcting, don't they? The index of leading social indicators is definitely looking up.


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