Sunday, June 05, 2005

Linda Foley Gets a Little More Press

Linda Foley's slanderous comments in which she said:

"Journalists are not just being targeted verbally or politically. They are also being targeted for real in places like Iraq. And what outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. I think it's just a scandal."

"It's not just U.S. journalists either, by the way. They target and kill journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries, at news services like Al Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios, with impunity. This is all part of the culture that it is OK to blame the individual journalists, and it just takes the heat off of these media conglomerates that are part of the problem."

have been largely ignored by the mainstream media. Currently, about one story per week seems to actually go to print. This week it is John Leo’s turn.

Stories Not Told

Leo hits the issue of media non-reporting head on. I will key in on the part concerning Ms. Foley, as I believe that is the most blatant example he cites and it is of personal interest to me.

‘Foley's comment was almost universally ignored by the news media.’

‘But a Nexis database search last week failed to turn up a straight news report on Foley's remark anywhere in America since Foley spoke on the panel.’

‘Foley sent a letter to the White House calling on it to pursue the "worldwide speculation that the U.S. military targets journalists and the media." In other words, she doesn't have to back up her charge, but the White House should start trying to prove that what she said is false.’

That makes editorials by John Leo, Jack Kelly, Thomas Lipscomb and a side bar in the Washington Times the only serious reporting on these outrageous comments. I’m not sure if this is passive censorship, in that most reporters are afraid to go against their own union head, or if it is an active attempt to squash negative news on the part of Linda Foley. All I know is that we need an unbiased media now more than ever. How can the MSM consistently claim government scandal after scandal with only minimal evidence, and not report their own scandal. It is disturbing to say the least.

Linda Foley should resign immediately. Anything less shows that our entire news media is agenda driven and self serving.

In Sports:

Nats 6, Marlins 3
Nats complete the sweep and move into a tie for first.

Braves 2, Pirates 5