Right blames media for Iraq failings

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Conservatives want to kill the messenger because they don't like the facts reported by the news media. Almost one-quarter of people, no doubt diehard conservatives, even blame the media for the failing U.S. occupation of Iraq.

It's a common right-wing whine when a conservative policy turns out to be a fiasco. Conservative demagogues in unison, as if they were suffering from an identical mass hallucination, blame the so-called liberal media. They need to stop listening to the likes of drug-addled radio talk show hosts and actually pay attention to reality.

In an average day in Iraq, 20 civilians are killed in a terrorist bomb attack, 50 tortured and beheaded civilians are found scattered throughout Baghdad, three U.S. soldiers are killed, another dozen U.S. soldiers are wounded, and an American soldier is blamed for killing innocent civilians. And conservatives are angry because the news media didn't focus on the good news in Iraq - that there was a bumper crop of watermelons this year, and they're going to be cheap and sweet.

The media isn't defeating the U.S. military. Insurgents are. Escalating the number of American troops will only lead to more casualties because in this kind of war, more troops mean more targets for improvised explosive devices. It's long past time to completely withdraw U.S. troops and end this pointless bloodshed.

Mark Gelbart, Augusta

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markwardlaw
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markwardlaw 01/15/07 - 02:40 am
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Mark- You are so right. It

Mark-
You are so right. It even happens out here in San Francisco (although not as much as in other parts of the country). Right after Time Magazine broke the story of a group of U.S. Marines murdering 15 innocent civilians in their homes in Haditha, I wrote a letter in our 'Chronicle' condemning this atrocity and expressing hope that justice would be done. Several months later I received a piece of hate mail - unsigned - postmarked from the more conservative far-northern part of our state, in which I was called un-American, un-patriotic and many names I can't list here. Please continue to speak out.

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patriciathomas 01/15/07 - 10:18 am
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Mark Gelbert, I'm certain you

Mark Gelbert, I'm certain you feel that the united attack presented by the networks is a reliable source of information. After all, they all say the same thing. And it's apparent that you feel all things conservative are dumb. Hooray! You can chant the left wing talking points. Well done. You've obviously studied real hard and know as much as anyone that watches 20 minutes a day of network news. I guess for some people that's a lot. It's your constitutionally guaranteed right to shout your knowledge to the masses.

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mgroothand 01/15/07 - 01:20 pm
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patriciathomas: the masses

patriciathomas: the masses you refer to are not found at an on-line edition of the A/C's editorial page. Those masses get their "news" from MTV and ET and could not find Iraq on a world map if their lives depended on it. A recent example of that was the fact that 92% of the graduating class of the University of Miami (Ohio) could not find the city of Chicago on a blank map of the US. The MSM subsribe to the mushroom management theory: Keep 'em in the dark and feed 'em bull____. The only "somewhat" exception to that theory is FOX News.

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markwardlaw 01/15/07 - 03:14 pm
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Patricia- Which 'Mark' are

Patricia-
Which 'Mark' are you responding to? Clearly, I do more than watch "20 minutes a day of network news." I live on the west coast and I follow this paper, in addition to several more from around the country, and I never watch network news. I read two local papers every day.

I appreciate that you're involved in the process of dialogue and debate. I read your comments frequently.

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