Saturday, October 13, 2007

Is there bias in the press?

John Hinderaker at Powerline reports:

Today General Ricardo Sanchez gave a speech to the Military Reporters and Editors' annual conference, in which he criticized just about everyone associated with our effort in Iraq. The Washington Post's headline was typical: "Former Iraq Commander Faults Bush." Actually, I don't believe Sanchez ever mentioned Bush by name, although, as I say, he was critical of just about everybody. But it would be hard to tell from press accounts of Sanchez's speech that he was mostly critical of...the press.
Here is an excerpt from his speech:

The death knell of your ethics has been enabled by your parent organizations who have chosen to align themselves with political agendas. What is clear to me is that you are perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that is destroying our country and killing our servicemembers who are at war.

To be fair, he was somewhat critical of the President. Here is Gen. Sanchez' one comment concerning the President:
The president's recent statement to America that he will listen to military commanders is a matter of political expediency.
He also spread the blame:

The administration, congress and the entire interagency, especially the department of state, must shoulder the responsibility for this catastrophic failure and the American people must hold them accountable

Read the whole thing and decide for yourself the the Post was accurate in the headline...the most important part of the story, because it's the only thing most people will read. It's really quite astounding when you see such a blatant example of agenda-driven journalism.

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