Last week the big news was that General Sanchez, former general in charge of Iraq, was being critical of George Bush. Over the weekend a couple of news outlets told the dirty little secret. Most of General Sanchez’s critical remarks were reserved for the U.S. media and the democratic leadership.
The outragous part is not that he was critical of the media, the Democrats, or the President, but that the media loudly announced his criticism of Bush without even a vauge reference to the criticism of the Democrats or the media.
Biased media is not new, and all the discussion lately has been on Fox’s bias towards the Republicans. That idea is a red herring. Although Fox might be somewhat biased, it seems they are biased because nearly the entire rest of the media is overwhelmingly biased the other way.
Failing to report on the content of 2/3 of Gen. Sanchez’s remarks, is one example of bias, but reporting on the other 1/3 to support an agenda is another all together. Burying a story, or slanting a story is bad. Ignoring a story or planting a story in this time of chaos and instability is not responsible journalism. The problem is the journalists think they and their institutions are bigger than the government or the country.
We have no other source of information about our government. We cannot trust our media to tell us the truth any more than we can trust the government. Where does that leave us?