Archive for July, 2006

What if a TOW Missile….

Monday, July 17th, 2006

came through the wall killing the sniper and the photographer.

I harber no ill will for the photographer, Joao Silva, but what would the NYT say if U.S. Forces launched a TOW or Javelin missile into the building?

Actually, I know what the headline would be:

“U.S. Military Kills Time’s Photographer”

An Outbreak of Peace

Friday, July 14th, 2006

On July 10, 2006, unheralded by the media, the Multi-National Force announced the return of security control to the elected government of Iraq’s Muthanna province, making it the first of Iraq’s 18 states to gain full autonomy in security matters.  Muthanna has 540,000 residents, or roughly 2% of the Iraqi population.


Upsurge/Downsurge in Violence

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Revenge killings continue to plague Baghdad.  In the first 12 days of July, 347 civilian deaths were reported by, a left-wing site that maintains a comprehensive catalogue of carnage (and nothing else) in Iraq.  The bulk of these deaths are massacres – bombings and shootings of unarmed non-combatants.


CBS Reporter, Well Spun

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

CBS News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan has confirmed the success of The Mujahidin Shura Council in Iraq’s media plan.



If it Bleeds it leads, but only if the right blood

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

The Saturday edition of the CBS evening news caught our eye as it lives up to the old media maxim.

When I was working in TV, I learned that ‘if it bleeds it leads’ is not just a snarky comment for cynics, but actually is the standard operating procedure for the media.


Why is it Forgotten?

Monday, July 10th, 2006

NBC News has given a new name to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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How the Legacy Media Distorts the Facts in Iraq

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Partisans of the mainstream press often pose this question to their critics: “What would you have us do?  Should we not report the tragedies of war?”

But our objection to the media is not the bad news it purveys.  God knows, there’s plenty of that to go around in any armed conflict.  Our criticism, broadly, is this:  the war itself has disappeared. 


A Glimpse Inside the Media’s Thought Process

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

This video clip and the whole story says more about the Legacy Media than it does American military personnel.



In Other News From Iraq….

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The networks had full coverage of an Army soldier arrested for raping then murdering an Iraqi woman and three of her family members.



I Hate Lee Greenwood

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

By J.D. Johannes

I must confess, I have something in common with Kos and his minions…I hate Lee Greenwood.