For those of you old enough to remember the 60’s, you could get your nightly national and world-wide news on ABC, NBC and CBS. That was the only source of news other than print media. At that time the networks spoon fed their audiences with their liberally slanted news and almost everyone just accepted it as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Of course when liberals protested against the war in Vietnam, the networks fell into line and protested as well. So well that it caused liberal democrat Lyndon B. Johnson to pull out of the 1968 presidential race; someone had to be the fall guy for the “liberal cause”.
One way the networks influenced the uninformed TV watchers was through statistics; and the key stat then was “deaths”. The nightly news reported on a daily basis how many American soldiers, marines and airman were killed that day, that week, that month and a running total for the war. Sound familiar? Fast forward to Bush 43’s presidency. Bush’s “war on terror” in Afghanistan and Iraq was also not very popular with the “blame stream media”. The fact that George W. Bush was a Republican made it easier for the networks to attack the war. Again, what better way to promote the liberal agenda than with death toll statistics. Thanks to the internet, cell phones, satellites and other new forms of instant communication, the news media knows what happens in a war almost as soon as it happens.
What has happened since “Bush left the White House”? We no longer received daily updates from the networks as to how bad the wars were going. They no longer provided a running total of American deaths. Why, because “Bush left the White House”. The media’s golden child was now president. The United States no longer had a “war on terror” it was an “overseas contingency operation” according to the newly anointed president, Barack Hussein Obama. There were no longer “terrorist attacks”, they were “man-caused disasters”. When a radical Muslim soldier shot a few dozen fellow soldiers killing 13 of them at Ft. Hood, Texas, that was neither a terrorist attack nor man-caused disaster; it was “work-place violence”. The main stream media (MSM) just fell into line and reported it as such so as to continue to support and promote the liberal/progressive agenda of the Democrat Party.
During the Vietnam War, over 58,000 Americans lost their lives. Since that war ended, hundreds of thousands have died before their time as a direct result of the war, and continue to die today.
The death toll of Americans in the Iraq War during George Bush’s presidency was 4,222; during Barack Obama’s presidency, 267. The death toll of Americans in the Afghan War from 2001 through 2008 was 630; during Obama’s tenure of almost 6 years, so far 1,724 American have died. While Bush was in charge, the MSM reported daily deaths with a running total of lives lost. During Obama’s reign, if you only watched the networks for your news, you would never know that 3 times as many Americans were killed in Afghanistan on Obama watch as Commander-in-chief than while Bush in charge. Why? War and death don’t fit the liberal/progressive narrative nor does it support Obama’s self-aggrandizement statements like “Osama Bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run”.
What is even more irresponsible by the networks is their total ignorance to what is happening world-wide at the hands of Islamic terrorists. By ignorance I’m not implying the MSM doesn’t know what is going on because with their resources they have access to everything that is going on; they choose to ignore it.
This week the BBC World Service reported that last month, November 2014, 5,042 people were killed world-wide by Islamic Jihadists. Over 2,000 of those casualties were civilian. Just yesterday in Iraq, 41 civilians were killed by Jihadists and 18 the day before. Did you hear about that on network nightly news? Nope. Then, worst off all, the New York Post reported this week that ISIS terrorists beheaded 4 children under the age of 15 for refusing to denounce Jesus Christ. Did you hear about that on ABC, NBC or CBS? Of course not because it doesn’t fit the progressive anti-Christian liberal dribble mold the Democrat party wants us all to believe is the way we all should think; and the main stream media is ever so complicit to promote that line thought.
Well main stream media, if you are going to use death statistics to make conservatives and republicans look bad, you should also report terrorist mass murders around the world even when it makes liberal progressive democrats look bad as well. That is of course if you were actually fair minded “real” journalists instead of ideologues shilling for Obama and the Democrats.