Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Our Enemies Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves

Amnesty International and the New York Times. Nice work guys.

How are we going to win this war when we work against ourselves like this?

For explanation:
They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves
They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves, Part Two


At 7:22 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

Nice post, Tyler. You make some very good points. The question I can't seem to see the answer to is: why, if the stories are so damaging to the US and so difficult (even impossible) to substantiate, does the American press continue to write these stories (or maybe I should say "fictions")?

There are only two reasons I can think of:
1. The members of the press learned their trade from the National Enquirer where truth is irrelevant.

2. The members of the press are really anti-american frogs.

I would really like to go back to the days of a free press instead of the crap they crank out now.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

As we fester in the age of "reality" television, I think the American public actually craves sensational crap.

We no longer hold the media accountable for their lazy and misleading "reporting." There is no public outcry. The bottom lines of media establishments are not hurt. They feel no pressure to maintain journalistic quality. On the contrary, I would bet that sales go up during such "scandals."

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

Speaking of holding them accountable, why should journalist be able to hide behind "freedom of the press" to escape the consequences of their actions? I mean, if the press reports (falsely)that US troops flushed the Koran and riots and death ensue, the editors (if they feel like it) get to say "oops" or even "sorry" and that's the end of it.

However, if average joe yells "fire" in a crowded theater and someone is trampled, average joe faces criminal charges.

The situations are very similar: One has freedom of the press the other freedom of speech, yet the first escapes the consequences and the second (rightly) does not.

The media should face criminal charges for their incompetence. Freedom can only exist when individuals are responsible for the consequences of abusing those freedoms. That should be true for the press as well as for you and I.


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