Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Agenda? What Agenda? (Part "Who can keep track?")

Instapundit links to Mudville Gazette, who reports on the news media debating the use of graphic images of American dead to influence American politics:
"War is a horrible thing. It is about killing," ABC News "Nightline" Executive Producer Leroy Sievers said in an unusual message to the program's e-mail subscribers discussing the issues posed by Wednesday's killings. "If we try to avoid showing pictures of bodies, if we make it too clean, then maybe we make it too easy to go to war again."


The pictures from Wednesday's attack, Rosenstiel said, could anger viewers or "engender disenchantment about the war."

"These are the kinds of pictures that will linger," said John Schulz, dean of Boston University's College of Communications and a former faculty member at the National War College.

"They'll be there in November when people go to vote."
(From the LA Times)


It has got to give the American public pause about this question of how welcome we are there," says Robert Dallek, a presidential biographer who studied Franklin Roosevelt's tenure during World War II and Lyndon Johnson's during Vietnam. "This is not Vietnam, but it is reminiscent of Vietnam."
(From USA Today)
So, let me see if I understand this. The media doesn't show us graphic images of Americans killed in, say the Cole attack, or the bombing of the Marine Barracks, or the people leaping from the WTC to their deaths, or the pieces of Israelis blown up by suicide homicide bombers because that might make us want to go to war, but they will show graphic images of dead Americans killed in Iraq so that we'll decide that the war isn't worth the cost, and we won't find it "easy to go to war again."

In other words, the press has now admitted blatantly that its job is not to inform us, but to manipulate us, and their manipulation is directed to keep us from going to war, and to discourage us if we are at war.

Yet this isn't to be considered treason.

Update: The Puppyblender also points to Ed Driscoll, who says very much the same thing I did, but with more links to more examples.

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