A story detailing how those of us deeply invested in the war on terror have tuned out the mass media.
Don't come up to Jamie Young, Martha Morris or Donna Clemons and ask these local mothers what they think about the war in Iraq.We've had this discussion among ourselves here frequently. And last week during one such discussion I was a bit surprised to hear myself say "If I could figure out how to hurt CNN I would."
That's a stupid question.
Their opinion hasn't been formed by news media coverage, Bob Woodward's latest book, the loudest talking head on television or a presidential candidate. These local moms get their perspective from the telephone and from pictures sent home or over the Internet. They've quit watching and reading the news. They say the coverage doesn't provide the full story.
Endless days of big headlines and lead stories on prisoner abuse make one believe Iraq is just one big holding pen instead of a place where people can now protest openly and hold religious observances once banned. If any one of the 200,000 members of our armed forces is doing something right in Iraq, the average viewer and reader would be hard pressed to find out. Yet if there is even speculation of something wrong, it leads the newscasts and makes the front page.
So to form their opinion, these women rely on the personal reports from their sons and their comrades and Web sites devoted to their stories.
Quite simply I believe the media dishonor our Soldiers and Marines with their unbalanced coverage of all that is bad.
It is true...I would hurt CNN if I knew how.. And not just CNN. The list would be lengthy.
So...my question to you is...do you have any good ideas? Hit the comment and let me know.