Friday, May 20, 2005

Why Do They Hate Us?

The very question folks at the Newspaper Guild should be asking themselves. In case they have here's an example supplied, as luck would have it, by their very own president Linda Foley:

According to a tape of her remarks, Foley said: "Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or … ah, or … ah, politically. They are also being targeted for real, um … in places like Iraq. 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."

Foley continued, "They target and kill journalists … uh, from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity. ..."

Try this reason - making accusations of atrocities or other criminal acts, smearing the reputations of a group of very good people (the United States military) - all without actually presenting, like, evidence. And you wonder why some of our soldiers view reporters with hostility? It just might have to do with how this unattributed, hateful garbage is going to make a hard job in Iraq even harder, just because some educated-and-promoted-beyond-her-intelligence "journalist" can't control her bigotry. I guess Terry Moran was right, the press really does hate the military.

Want some good, basic advice even if it doesn't come from a journalist? Before you accuse someone of murder, make sure you can back it up. Otherwise, just shut up.

- via Andi's World and (who else?) the Instapundit.

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