I’ve never been the type to speak about overwhelming bias or conspiracies in the media (probably a lingering side-effect of my brief tenure in journalism), but of late I’ve noticed a few things that’s forcing me to reconsider.
In the first Presidential debate, President Bush seemed to have an odd bulge in his back. The speculation immediately ran rampant about “wireless transmitters” and the like (ignoring the simple facts that the President almost is always wears some sort of armor, and most of the time such equipment is worn in the small of the back, where it’s much less conspicuous. Meanwhile, Senator Kerry is shown removing something from his pocket (to me, it looks like paper, but his supporters claim it was a pen) in flagrant violation of the agreed-upon rules — all pens, pencils, and papers were to be given to the debate staff beforehand, who would place it at the lectern. The mainstream media was deafening in it’s slience.
In the second Presidential debate, it seemed everyone focused on Bush’s apparent misstatement of “internets” and derided his stumblemouthedness. In the same debate, decorated combat veteran Kerry spoke of “ammos,” and again the silence was deafening.
A lawyer who advises the Bush campaign also gives free advice to the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, and is hounded into leaving the campaign. There seems to be a free flow of people between the Kerry campaign and various liberal 527 groups (Moveon.org, Americans Coming Together, etc.), and not a word is spoken. Two CNN commentators join the Kerry campaign as advisors, but still draw paychecks from CNN (a Time Warner company). Again, the silence is deafening.
Kerry proposes “conscripting into service” 40,000 young people in his campaign literature, and his fellow Democrats in the House and Senate file legislation to reinstate the draft. When Republicans finally force the issue to a vote to resoundingly defeat it, Kerry and Edwards don’t even bother to show up to vote either way. President Bush and his administration repeatedly and absolutely deny that they will ever, under any circumstances, reinstate the draft, in Shermanesque language (“If nominated, I will not accept. If elected, I will not serve), yet it is the Republicans who are repeatedly accused of pushing for a draft.
CBS brings up President Bush’s National Guard service, based on documents that were flagrant forgeries .Their “retraction” consists of simply stating that “they cannot verify the documents’ veracity.” Meanwhile, the statements of 250+ of his fellow Swift Boat veterans are discredited and disregarded and dismissed out of hand. This morning, the New York Sun uncovered disturbing evidence that would seem to indicate that John Kerry did not originally receive an honorable discharge from the Navy, and again the silence is deafening.
These are just a few examples that sprung to my mind over the last couple of hours. I’m sure with a few more hours, I could think of numerous more, but I think I’ve made my point. Now it’s time to trot out a few tired old cliches, such as “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
I’m not saying that the media is evil, but they are acting irresponsibly. The media has a huge role to play in our nation, and with that role comes huge responsibilities. And when they fail at their responsibilities, it is our duty as citizens to speak out, to call them on their errors, and to force them to correct them.
To do any less would be to betray our duty as citizens.