Monday, May 17, 2004

Just as the media focuses on Fallujah and now Abu Gharib while ignoring the thousands of daily good deeds performed by Americans and others, those calling for Rumsfeld’s head on a platter are being given a pass on their motivations for doing so.

When the media trots out one poll after another showing that half of Americans think Iraq is headed in the wrong direction, is it any surprise?

Between network news, cable news, and major magazines and newspapers, Americans are being treated to a daily diet of insurgency and violence. Rebellious Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has gotten oodles of coverage, yet thousands of faceless coalition troops building bridges and schools have received almost none.

In fact, that half of Americans actually still believe we did and continue to do the right thing in bringing freedom to the Iraqi people is a testament to the independent-mindedness of the public...

With well north of 100,000 Americans in Iraq, it is perhaps inevitable that some are going to commit unspeakable acts. But that’s human nature.

What’s much more difficult to accept is that the media is neither presenting the whole picture of how Americans are serving nobly in Iraq nor making clear the track records of those calling for Rumsfeld’s resignation.

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