CBS News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan has confirmed the success of The Mujahidin Shura Council in Iraq’s media plan.
In the May 18, 2006 edition of the Washington Post Logan said:
“I tell the American commanders all the time: When we can get in our cars and drive to the opening of a store and interview people on camera without fear of being killed, or getting everyone involved with us killed, the good news stories will be told.”
In other words, as long as AQI or the Shura Council can successfully target western reporters or keep them fearful, the media will portray Iraq as a quagmire, etc.
The terrorists have been targeting the media for three years. And the strategy has worked on Logan.
By Logan’s words, if all of Iraq is peaceful, but someone is still targeting CBS News, then there will be no good news from Iraq.
The legacy media, which is so suspicious of the military and on constant alert for pro-coalition messaging, is obviously willing to play along with the terrorists media manipulation.
The big question is whether or not they realize the terrorists have a media plan and they are being manipulated by it.
If they are unaware of the manipulation, they are fools.
If they are aware of it, then they are willing dupes.