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Thursday, March 20, 2003

Life During Wartime (Part Deux)

I suppose I should clarify something.

My pet peeve about saturation coverage of "crisis" events is that they consist of hours and hours of the same damn thing repeated ad nauseam. They get one trenchant piece of information every three hours or so, and then for the intervening three hours, they repeat this piece of information over and over again.

If there is new information, by all means interrupt programming and let us know. In the meantime, you can run a ticker along the bottom (or top) of the screen or something with the information in case anyone missed it.

While we're on the subject of TV war coverage...

TV stations refuse to run anything remotely anti-war, but yet they run this McCarthyite ad featuring former Sen. Fred Thompson. The words were something like "It is the soldier, not the protestor, who defends freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the reporter, who defends freedom of the press," and so on. It was paid for by some right-wing front group whose name isn't really important. There are so many of them it's hard to keep track.

Now if they had simply refused to air both kinds of ads and stay out of it altogether, that'd be one thing. But, no - they will only air pro-war, pro-Bush, propaganda. It's ridiculous and hypocritical.

Liberal media my ass.

Second of all, I'm tired of being told I'm anti-military. Who wants our servicemen (and women) to die taking Baghdad block by block so that a bunch of chicken hawks can prove their manhood? Not me. Nope, I prefer they stay here, or take care of the very much unfinished business in Afghanistan, or be ready to deal with the North Korean threat.


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