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Posted by: McQ on Thursday, July 05, 2007

From Instapundit, an email from a well-known journalist about the lack of media coverage concerning the massacre at the village Michael Yon covered:

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.
Quite an admission.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

No..."WOW" would be if Insty named who it was.
Written By: shark
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Shark is right. Weren’t you just warning us not to be taken in by propaganda?
Written By: Retief
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Very poor management by newspaper owners if staff are more happy to be influential and have social status, rather than sell more papers/advertising.
Written By: unaha-closp
I am a little leery of ’a well known journalist’. Shoot, it could be Geraldo, and that guy is just a huge fraud. Actually if it was Geraldo he would sign his name as he has no credibility to lose. And I can sign up for a hotmail account as Edward Murrow.
Written By: civdiv
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Unfortunately an unnamed article like this will generate the responses like those above. It has the effect of sucking all the credibility out of the email. And if the author is revealed and owns up to the email, the left with their twisted logic will still run around about saying its not credible.
Written By: jpm100
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