Originally posted by addabox
Um..... what ever happened to the great conservative shibboleth "personal responsibility"?
When liberals ask that we seek to find the roots of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, they are vilified as "appeasers" and "blame America first" collaborationists. We are instructed to bear in mind that terrorists are responsible for terrorism, and that to look to any causal relationship between American foreign policy and Islamic blow-back is tantamount to endorsing al Qaeda and its rationales.
Yet given an opportunity for a right wing attack on the so-called liberal media, all that is apparently out the window. Newsweek "made" them riot, thru the agency of its terribly irresponsible misstatement. There is no rallying around "our" media in the face of "their" violence.
Instead, we get the usual "something must be done" rumblings.
Get rid of anonymous sourcing, which conveniently gets rid of most of the "insider" info on government malfeasance.
Control the press, cause they're so out of control. Not sure about that? Here's another instance for you, cherry picked from a vast selection of items.
This kind of outcry is never about a "responsible press". If it were, we'd be getting firestorms engendered by the numerous, ongoing, flat out lies that routinely get propagated through the right wing media. Instead, it's only the "liberal" press that comes in for a shellacking. It's only the right-wing blogs that get to push a story into the mainstream (when was the last time you saw one of the daily outrages chronicled by a site like Media Matters become a big story?).
It's about the ongoing establishment of a national press that knows what it's for: celebrity romance stories and carefully vetted encomia about how cool America is, how cool our leaders are, how life has never been better, and how the despicable enemy, both foreign and domestic, is being rooted out even as you read this.
Naples, you deserve to live in the country you apparently are pining for, I just wish it could be on an island somewhere so the rest of us could have a shot at enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
You have a great imagination, because I don't recall anyone saying or even eluding to anything you contend in that mud puddle you called a post.
I am calling for you lefties to be fair and balanced with your condemnations. You condemn Bush for lying and making things up, and yet you let the press slide again and again, when it does the same thing. It will get more and more difficult to say "everyone's entitled to a mistake now and then", since major incidents seem to be the result of the media's bloodlust for Bush.
As far as these riots go, I think I have made my feeling clear about them. If not, here goes, so pay attention:
Those people are troublemakers and thugs. They took advantage of a situation to spread mayhem. They are responsible for their actions.
And hey, you want to look at the correlation between US foreign policy and Islamic blow-back, be my guest. All I ask is that you also look at the correlation between the anti-US reporting and Islamic blow-back.
The press is not a fair place. politically. It is like 7 or 8 to 1 ratio, left to right. It will be a long time till those numbers reflect "fairness" in numerical terms. I would ask the press just report the news and let me decide how it fits into my understanding of the world. With the contentiousness of politics today, I would think that everyone would want unbiased news. Why do we have to read the news and then compensate for the organization's political leanings as to how truthful or credible it is?
Anonymous sources are ridiculous anymore. As far as we know, the standard for anonymous source could be the little voice in some reporter's head, or his contact at the DNC's talking point department. Have you ever wondered why almost every story that comes down the pike, has these mysterious "anonymous" sources? It has gotten to the point it is a joke, much like your last two paragraphs.
You see, I want the press to tell me the news, that's it. I don't want them painting a picture of bliss, as you contend I want, nor a constant barrage of "Bush is evil. Report at 10", like we seem to get now. Just report the news, leave the politicking to the politicians.