The Right Wing Media Just Donít Get It
by Drew O'Neill
turned on the radio to hear the right-wing reaction to the terrorist
bombings in London. What I heard was expected. Itís the Democrats
fault. Itís the Democrats fault because they dare to voice
dissent about the war in Iraq. "When will they get it?"
said Hugh Hewitt, a syndicated right wing talk show host referring
to the Democratic party. "Does this make the renewal of the
Patriot Act a moot point?" Hewitt continued.
it doesnít Hugh. Iíll mail you a copy of the US Constitution.
back at Fox Headquarters, Brit Hume, managing editor, told news
anchor Sheppard Smith that the first thing he thought of when hearing
of the London bombings was the stock market and that "futures"
would be a good buy. I donít know about you but the first thing
that ran across my mind when I heard of this horrific attack was
the senseless murder of innocent people. Thatís just me though.
Iím kindíve a bleeding heart.
hey, thereís more
OíReilly of Fox News called Europe cowards and accused the BBC of
hiring Osama Bin Laden as news editor for how they have been reporting
on the War on Terror.
Kilmeade of Fox and Friends pondered how the timing of the attack
worked to "our" advantage.
Van Susteran stopped looking for a missing blonde girl. (Donít worry,
Alan Colmes is still in Aruba.)
of tonight Fox has run FOX NEWS ALERTS about suspicious packages
news is in post-terror mode. Two tablespoons of propaganda, add
a dash of fear.
I got to thinking...Maybe itís the right wing media that donít get
it. They got us into this war in Iraq and now they want to make
a scapegoat out of the anti-war movement. During the build up to
the Iraq war the rabid right wing launched a jihad on debate and
it was their way or go away. Now they preach to potential converts,
they have diehards and they attempt to silence critics of their
"war on terror."
is a serious threat of global terrorism but itís being fought in
such an uncalculated manner that it is counter productive to global
safety. The dissent in this country is not against catching these
murderous criminals. The dissent realizes that this Islamic threat
is a movement. Somehow the Bush administration canít comprehend
this. Once we start treating it like a movement and not a conventional
war that you can throw might and bombs at, we can then start to
make progress. The absolute worst thing to do to fight Islamic terrorism
was to invade Iraq. For the jihadists it was a rallying cry and
an enormous recruiting tool. For them having "American infidels"
on Muslim soil invading an Arab country as fertile as Iraq has helped
spread their jihadist movement and has created more terrorists.
Every movement has its potential converts. Potential converts must
have a nationalist rallying cause. We gave them one. The leaders
of these jihadi movements are fueled by obsession and ambition but
without the potential converts their movement would not grow. Osama
Bin Laden wanted us to invade Iraq. He knew without it his movement
could not grow as it has.
if the question is how we prevent terrorism we first must remove
the incentive for potential converts. Before we can prevent terrorism
we must first prevent the growth of the terrorist movement. We must
fight a more subtle shadow war against terrorists. Hunting them
down with special operations. As it is now, when we kill one terrorist
in Iraq we create three more. We continue to fight an insurgency
that is fueled by nationalism with an influx of jihadists who are
now part of the movement. How many of these jihadists were inspired
to jihad by our invasion of Iraq we do not know. The potential converts
to the jihadi movement is frightening. If we continue to fight this
war with bombs and not brains we will not win.
if you listen to the rabid right, the anti-war crowd has no solutions.
"The anti-war crowd has no ideas," they say and then they
claim "to dissent is fine but whatís your solution?" If
they believe this then why is it after we dissent the first thing
they question is our patriotism? Why is it when we voice dissent
we become part of the blame America crowd? Maybe they want their
jihad and to eat it too.
wish I could come up with a phrase for how much damage I feel the
right wing media and the Bush administration have done to this country.
I have one right now, but itís an FCC violation. I think itís a
sad state of affairs when I fear not the next terrorist attack on
our country as much as I fear the frenzy our media may get us into
and the frothing at the mouth jingoism that may result.
will be another terrorist attack on our country and I hope we come
together in solidarity to go after those who attacked us. I also
hope that we do not fall for the propaganda from our media and allow
policy to be conducted under fear. I think weíve learned our lesson.
A not so wise man once said: "Fool me once...fool me, you canít
fool me again."
OíNeill [send him mail]
graduated from Cal State Northridge and works at an internet marketing
company in San Diego, California.
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