Myke’s been ranting on again about how the Fourth Estate is really a Fifth Column treasonously aiding the ‘enemy’ in the War on Terror.
This latest round from the enemy 5th column we call our “free press” has got me thinking.
Also, in the entry previous, he remarks:
There’s a difference between dissent and enemy propaganda. If you’re going to work for the bad guys, pick up a rifle and wear your colors honestly.
Everybody’s talking about the Newsweek story about flushing the Koran and the later retraction. Not everyone has gone to quite the hyperbolic excess that Myke does, but enough people have that David Brooks wrote a
column about it:
I look around the Web these days and find that Newsweek’s retracted atrocity story has sent everybody into cloud-cuckoo-land. Every faction up and down the political spectrum has used the magazine’s blunder as a chance to open fire on its favorite targets, turning this into a fevered hunting season for the straw men.
Dennis Prager has apparently been toking from the same glass pipe that Myke has:
Newsweek is directly responsible for the deaths of innocents and for damaging America. As a typical member of the American news media, Newsweek’s primary loyalties are to profits and to its political-social agenda. We are very fortunate that in America, at least, we now have talk radio and the Internet – the mainstream news media are no longer Americans’ only sources of news. Europe and the rest of the world still rely almost exclusively on news media for their understanding of the world, which is a major reason for their anti-Americanism.
Yep, good old talk radio, that bastion of reasoned and balanced news coverage. Seriously, WTF?
All of this spewing over a news story misses the point. As Brooks observes:
The rioters are the real enemy, not Newsweek and not the American soldiers serving as prison guards. Just to restore some proper perspective, let me quote a snippet from a sermon delivered by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris, which ran last weekend on the Palestinian Authority’s official TV station:
“The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world – except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquillity under our rule because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews – even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.”
These are the extremists, the real enemy. Let’s keep our eye on the ball.
…hashing in one hour…
UPDATE: Almost forgot, Tim West points out that some journalists are still dedicated to getting it right, even when that’s unpopular.