On Reprting and Not Reporting
I write about Air America in today’s WeeklyStandard.com column, “The Air Out There.” So do the editors of Investors Business Daily. Both pieces note that the media obsessed over Rush Limbaugh’s troubles, but that there is near-perfect silence within elite media on the subject. If there is fraud and illegal inurement in a forest, and nobody hears about it, did it really happen?
N.Z.Bear has a handy chart of bloggers contributing to the story. Perhaps before the weekend at least one paper or newsmagazine that covered Air America’s launch will find at least one-tenth of that amount of space to cover the funding that launched the launch. UPDATE: Macho Nachos chews on the legal details.
The deaths of 14 Marines yesterday and seven more the day before staggered Marine Corps families across the United States. I think it would have been entirely appropriate for every paper in America to run coverage of this great loss of brave men, with details about their families.
But the Los Angeles Times chose, on its front page, to quote an Ohio school teacher who came to the headquarters of the Ohio battalion that had suffered the losses:
“How much more are we expected to give?” asked Nancy Chase, 47, a schoolteacher who came to place flowers and flags at the entrance of the battalion’s headquarters.
“We are patriotic people. We love our country. But how many lives are enough?”
A few paragraphs down, the writer adds:
Military service has a long tradition here. It is a popular option in a town where most of the jobs are in manufacturing and the median family income is just over $53,000 a year.
The Chase quote appears again as part of the caption on the lead photograph on page A6, which shows the legs of people holding hands in front of a fence outside the headquarters of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment in Brook Park, Ohio.
I don’t know the political opinions of the reporter, or of Ms. Chase. I do think that the quote selected by the writer is not one that any of the Marines killed would have chosen to include in a story about the grief that accompanied their deaths. I don’t think they would have appreciated the insinuation that they were Marines because they needed a job.
In short, I don’t believe they would have appreciated having their sacrifices pimped by an anti-war paper on the day their deaths were being absorbed by their families, loved ones and friends.
I got onto a Marine C-130 in Al Taqaddum, Iraq and flew to Kuwait to leave the country. A friend of mine asked while I was still in Iraq, ‘If I had any time to reflect on this tour yet.’