WASHINGTON—Can the U.S. find enough military volunteers to stay the course in Iraq and win? It’s doubtful, says Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media (AIM), if we continue to suffer from a major media that almost constantly undermines the war effort.
“You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to notice the media drumbeat of bad news about the war and the allegations of misconduct by our troops and their leaders,” he says.
Kincaid cited the retracted Newsweek story as only the most blatant example of the journalistic tendency of running with anything that makes the U.S. look bad. He noted that a U.S. Iraq war veteran wrote in to Newsweek to say that the story will produce “increased numbers of anti-American Islamic militants, more suicide bombings and the deaths of brave American men and women who are serving our country abroad.”
Kincaid added, “Is it any wonder, then, that it’s hard to attract new recruits into the U.S. military? Why join the Armed Forces when you not only have to fight the terrorists but the American media, which is doing their best to make our soldiers out to be human rights abusers, torturers and killers?”
As Memorial Day approaches, Kincaid asked, “Can a journalist be patriotic and still be a journalist? Our success in Iraq and the war on terrorism may depend on the answer.”
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.