Where the Truth Has No Name
by David Vance
05 May 2004
Conservatives' worst fears about liberal bias in the media are manifest in the coverage of the Iraqi prisoner abuse photos.
Speaking of the recent
photographs showing alleged instances of abuse by US and UK soldiers of Iraqi
prisoners, the Satellite News TV presenter summed the position up with admirable
if alarming frankness. “It really doesn’t matter if the photos turn out
to be fakes, the fact is that Iraqis have seen them and it will confirm their
worst fears about the American occupation.” Welcome to the land where the truth has no name.
That’s a whole heap of prejudice for just one short sentence in a news report
but this is symptomatic of what is being served up every hour every day across
the spectrum of the global leftist media, and understanding this omnipresent
prejudice should help us to recognize that the liberal media will say and
do anything to damage President Bush in this election year. We need
to accept this inconvenience, stop trying to win liberals' approval and focus
on winning the war. This is why the US military withdrawal from Fallujah
was such a bad idea sending the wrong message to our friends and enemies.
Whilst our troops are bravely fighting the terrorists in Jihadistan, some
sadly laying down their lives in pursuance of providing freedom for Iraqis,
the rancid liberals that infest the mass media are pulling out all the stops
to undermine their brilliant successes, to besmirch their proud reputation,
and to provide succor for the watching enemy.
Consider the prejudice in the reporter’s comment that, “It doesn’t matter
if the photos are fake or not.” So truth is irrelevant when determining the
veracity of what is happening in Iraq? Well, maybe that’s true! After all,
the media delighted in splashing images across our screens showing what they
termed “the photos Bush didn’t want you to see” – being the returning coffins
of US soldiers killed in Iraq. When it transpired that the images concerned
were actually those of the astronauts tragically killed when the Space Shuttle
Colombia space exploded, a discrete silence descended. Why let facts get
in the way of an anti-Bush headline?
The further implied prejudice -- that these images will “confirm” Iraqis'
worst fears about America -- is also deeply repulsive. How do these reporters
know what Iraqis' worst fears are about anything, let alone America? It’s
just my guess but I reckon the worst fear an Iraqi might have had prior to
the US-led liberation was to stand and watch whilst a family member was fed,
head-first, into a human-shredding machine, and then be made to pay for the
funeral expenses. That is one fear that the US and UK troops have removed
from Iraqis but it seems of trivial consequences to some intrepid reporters
out to hammer Bush.
Here’s a thought. Maybe what these liberal reporters betray is their own
deep-seated loathing for their county? Might it be that they are transferring
their own visceral dislike of the US onto ordinary Iraqis, many of whom are
quite content to see the reassuring presence of American and British troops
on the ground? I suggest that conservatives' worst fears about liberal bias
in the media are manifest in this sort of “reporting.”
The key media objective was to splash images across the world that it knew
would embarrass the US and UK governments and ensure that undecided Iraqis
had reasons not to support the liberators of their country. The likely consequence
of this is that more of our soldiers will die as newly-emboldened terrorists
strive to drive a dagger through the heart of the Coalition.
One factor curiously missing from all these liberal news reports is the precise
nature of those captured Iraqi prisoners. Time after time they are presented
as if they are noble freedom fighters whose only crime has been getting caught
whilst trying to throw off the yolk of American despotism. The Euro-weenie
media have taken to calling them the “Iraqi Resistance.” Every attempt is
made to convey spurious credibility upon them.
The fundamental truth is that those who have been taken prisoners by US and
UK soldiers are the vile remnants of Saddam brutal army of oppression who,
together with imported Jihadists, have set out to kill as many Coalition
troops as possible. These are the people who delight in desecrating the bodies
of dead Americans. These are Saddam’s spawn and whilst no one condones any
unwarranted abuses of prisoners a little bit of context might go some way
to explain the images.
Groucho Marx once said, “I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on, I go into a different room and read a book.”
Is it any wonder that liberals can’t watch enough television?
Vance is a UK-based political commentator. Having previously been the Deputy
Leader of the UK Unionist Party, he decided it is better to be outside the
tent peering in! His web site is A TANGLED WEB.
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