When Steven Den Beste adds to something I wrote, it’s for damn sure I’m going to listen.
AP = Al-Zarqawi Press?
In my morning perusal of the news to see if anything important happened (quick answer: no), I happened across an AP article which sounds like a puff piece for Al Zazqawi starting out with:
Essay on the MSM and the War
I came across Vodkapundit’s (one of my daily reads) essay on “The Arm of Decision” and I found it to be one of the best writings on not only the three global wars of the past century but also of the MSM’s role in this fourth global war we are in.
Problem for Zarqawi is that he’s not getting that many converts that stick around. His most loyal recruits have already gone to Hell in a fireball, and he’s left with trying to coax his aides’ families to blow themselves up. And the failure of Sajida M…
Glad to see Den Beste back.
Den Beste makes his point with the assumption that Al Qaeda is manipulating the media. More likely the media is an accomplice.
Sure it was a mistake to bomb the hotels in Jordan but they will learn over time and pick better targets. In the mean time the media will continue to push the Bush lied story even though the facts refute it. This rear guard action will buy time for reorganization.
The U.S. military will make mistakes as well. Abu Ghraib nonsense was turned into Abu Ghraib atrocities before we knew it. Guantanamo suddenly became a place of torture and the false rumor of urine on a Koran ended with people getting killed in demonstrations abroad. These kinds of stories will continue, like it or not.
It’s sad the press doesn’t realize how it has become part of the problem and is aiding the enemy. I guess when you only care about your own political party and what journalism awards you can win it’s easy to become a dupe without knowing it.
I’m sticking with Mr. Green’s assessment. Den Beste’s point is valid but learning and adaptation will occur within the terrorist organizations. The press will continue praising those who discredit our actions.
The war of the media is upon us.
Steve – The war of the media is indeed upon us, and the other side is beginning to show casualties, as the most recent circulation drop reports indicate. Another example is the Wonderful Failure that is Times Select. Nothing like taking your most powerful voices for Speaking Truth To Power and hiding them behind a $50-per-month firewall – rather like Admiral Doenitz pulling back his U-boats to safer waters in 1943. (At the risk of someone invoking Godwin, I’m just discussing naval strategerie, not the dreaded N-word…)
We are now seeing a balkanization of the media that never would have been thought of in the days of the Big Three networks – there are now either FNC/blog people or MSM people, and the ranks of FNC people are still growing, and the MSM people, and its practitioners, are the side facing attrition.
Stephen GREEN, you have helped me organize my thoughts and make sense of the chaotic events that do filter through the MSM’s strainer. With many thanks and much applause. I salute you.
Thank you for the heads-up. Steven den Beste’s analysis (at his old USS Clueless site) of the logic behind the current action in Iraq is the most coherent and appealing of anything i’ve found. It’s great to find he is posting regularly to RedState.org.
I posted a long essay today on Euro-Islamicist Rioting and the Abdication of the Press (apsnyblog.blogspot.com)
By two weeks ago (i.e., about the 4th of November) I had been reading about the riots for several days, but the nightly rampage of disaffected Muslims in France was well into its seventh day before I began to hear any mention of it on the nightly news. By the fifth day of Muslim rioting in
The Arm of Decision: Den Beste chimes in
I told you Stephen Green’s post, The Arm of Decision, was important. You did go read it, didn’t you? The legendary Steven Den Beste did, and he responded at RedState.org. Green noted Den Beste’s response and said he’d listen; you should, too.
Well, you’ve certainly pricked a few raw nerves over at Hit and Run, you you, .. you self-described libertarian, you! I do believe Matt Welch would dock you several points for lack of sufficient reverence. Fix a stiff one before you venture there, if you haven’t already seen it.