Ed Driscoll

When Wars Collide

Hugh Hewitt looks at the MSM and the death of Zarqawi:

It isn’t sad. It is predictable.

MSM has been trained by Democratic Party cues to view every development in the war through the lens of the political war on the Bush Adminsitration.

News is never “good,” but “long overdue.” Excellent political developments are mere flip-turns en route to another length of anti-Bush diatribe.

Here’s the key analysis you won’t here on MSM today: Had we not invaded Iraq, Zarqawi would not be dead today, but rather ensconced in some Baghdad safe house or larger encampment plotting more savagery. Had we not invaded Iraq, Saddam’s decision menu today would be how much or little assistance to give Zarqawi, followed by the allocation of bribes to his various U.N. oil-for-food stooges, followed by succession planning with his mad-as-hatter sons.

And of course, there’s no way, in the media’s eyes for the president to win: “If he’s too jubilant, he’s a cowboy. If he’s too subdued, he’s being phony”, notes Michelle Malkin, who adds, “Another reporter raised suspicions about why the White House waited too long to make its announcement (someone wants to relive Cheney’s shooting incident)”. And if it was rushed and turned out to be another red herring, there’s be no end to those complaints.

On the other hand, it’s not like such drive-by tactics are ratings winners; if they were, this man wouldn’t be out of a job today.