Why do I blog? Because I am tired of the liberal bias in the MSM/DNC. That is why I chose public affairs as my research seminar and titled my research paper Weblogs: The Power to Shape Public Opinion. As a result, I started this blog to gain practical experience and as my knowledge grew...I found out many others in the military who feel the same way.
It is not just Newsweek retraction that offers the latest example. Michelle Malkin has a great column in today's edition of Jewish World Review: Here is an excerpt:
It's the New York Times and CBS News and the overkill over abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. It's the Boston Globe publishing porn photos passed off by an anti-war city counselor as proof that American G.I.'s were raping Iraqi women.
It's the constant editorial drumbeat of "quagmire, quagmire, quagmire."
It's the mainstream media's bogus reporting on the military's failure to stop purported "massive" looting of Iraqi antiquities.
It's the hyping of stories like the military's purported failure to stop looting of explosives al Qaa Qaa right before the 2004 presidential election stories that have since dropped off the face of the earth.
It's the persistent use of euphemisms "insurgents," "hostage-takers," "activists," "militants," "fighters" to describe the terrorist head-choppers and suicide bombers trying to kill American soldiers and civilians alike. It's the knee-jerk caricature of American generals as intolerant anachronisms. It's the portrayal of honest mistakes in battle as premeditated murders.
It's the propagandistic rumor-mongering spread by sympathizers of Italy's Giuliana Sgrena and former CNN executive Eason Jordan about American soldiers targeting and/or murdering journalists.
It's the glorification of military deserters, who bask in the glow of unquestioning and largely uncorroborated print and broadcast profiles.
Michelle Malkin has a number of links to other examples of liberal bias on her blog today.
One recommendation I made in my research paper was for Public Affairs to re-evaluate their relationship with these liberal outfits 1) since they do not have the best interests of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and 2) they are losing market share while blogs are gaining market share.
Surprisingly, in a survey conducted as part of my research, most senior public affairs officials had never heard of a blog or didn't read them...however, they were all quick to criticize and condemn blogs. This was not the case with those below the rank of captain or senior NCO. Hmmm...
Do you think anyone at the top of the Public Affairs hierarchy will get the message any time soon? I am not holding my breath.
I also wonder, do you think Public Affairs will release my research paper for publication? I hope so. (BTW: I got an "A" on the paper).