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No News Broadcast About Iraq

2009 September 28
by ironcamelarmy

As I rifled through the many reports, emails and hyperlinks that I am requested to go through each day, I came across one that linked me to a compilation of “major” news events coming out of Iraq.

As I scrolled through the pages, most of the stories were about the findings of a report where the British Army as a whole was blamed for the death of a group of Iraqis held in a detention facility.  Scrolling further to the end were the final three sentences:

ABC News with Charles Gibson:  No news broadcast about Iraq.

CBS News with Katie Couric:  No news broadcast about Iraq.

NBC News with Brian Williams:  No news broadcast about Iraq.

Yesterday, I went to a remote area just south of Baghdad where a ceremony was being held for the opening of a new health center, community center and farm bureau office all built within the last 6 months.  Although it may sound small, it shows that there is a sense of community, pride and determination to a better life in this small village.  Many Americans and Iraqis lost their lives over this piece of land and finally, after six years of war, a small local government, in conjunction with the United States, succeeded in securing their future.  This is a victory; it’s not sexy, it’s not dangerous and it’s not tragic, but it’s still a victory.

There was Iraq media coverage which, of course, won’t make it to the States and will most likely not make it on Iraqi news.  There was military media coverage, which, unless you read a military paper or watch military news on AFN (Armed Forces Network) you won’t see it.

As I watched the ceremony take place, all I could think of was how good the enemy was at the media war.  There is no doubt in my mind that when it comes to using the media as a weapon, they are really good at it and they are winning.  The enemy knows what to say to the uneducated masses to sway them toward their side.  When the top guy on the other team makes a statement (just like the recent one from Bin Laden to Germany) everyone listens.  When our top guy makes a statement, it’s only used to show the opposite opinions within our own ranks (Obama and McChrystal) which makes it appear that there is some kind of dissention between our military leaders and our government  (Which there may be, but does the enemy need to know that?) and it eventually gets turned into some kind of drama fit for E! Entertainment News.

And so, the honeymoon between the Main Stream Media and the war in Iraq is over.  The marriage is now sexless and the MSM is turning its head to the younger, sexier stories like our faults in Afghanistan and our flawed political system, and storylines of political sexual deviants.

…and in other news, the enemy kidnapped a 10 year old boy and demanded $100,000 dollars from his father who is employed as an auto mechanic.  When his father only had $10,000 dollars, the last thing he heard from his son was a voice of terror, “Daddy, please give them the money!”  Two days later, the 10 year old boy was delivered to his father without a head and without his hands.

ABC News with Charles Gibson:  No news broadcast about Iraq.

CBS News with Katie Couric:  No news broadcast about Iraq.

NBC News with Brian Williams:  No news broadcast about Iraq.

Stars and Stripes: Iraq Edition:  Front page news.

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  1. September 29, 2009

    “The enemy knows what to say to the uneducated masses to sway them toward their side.”

    But the new health center, community center and farm bureau office will stand as a silent, but constant rebutal. I am glad to see news of things like this – so thanks to you for reporting it.

    “Stars and Stripes: Iraq Edition: Front page news.”

    What of the Iraqi media? If they put this out – this cannot help but damn the enemy in the eyes of the Iraqi people. Screw ABC, NBC and CBS as long as it was on Al Arabyia, Al Iraqya, etc.

    Stay safe, OK?

  2. September 29, 2009

    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 09/29/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

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