The press loses another war

Good grief

There’s not a lot of news in the fact that the Pentagon has hired Geoff Morrell, former White House correspondent for ABC News, as the Defense Department’s on-camera briefer. It’s an interesting tidbit, and worthy of note, but not much more.

What I found interesting—and depressing—were the comments posted by readers on Mike Allen’s story about the hire over at The Politico yesterday. Specifically, if you didn’t think that the campaign to blame the media for the myriad failures in Iraq is going ahead full-throttle, and if you didn’t think that this idea had taken root among the head-in-the-sand crowd, think again. One commenter wrote, “The Pentagon should have done this years ago, before Democrats and their media siblings succeeded in trashing our efforts in Iraq.” Another offered, “It’s not likely the lefties in the press will treat this guy any differently than the politicians who were previously delivering the official word,” while still another sticks to the script that the “good news” in Iraq is being purposely censored by the press: “I can see why this infuriates the anti-American left. God knows we wouldn’t want the Iraqi people to find out about the schools being rebuilt, hospital equipment donated, roads and buildings renovated, libraries stocked, even zoo’s repaired and reopened…all of which were being omitted from the Al Jazeera influenced press.”

Finally, my personal fav was this one: “Just what the Pentagon needs - A lefty journalist with ABC and Columbia School of Journalism behind them. …

The only thing the MSM knows is how to slowly chase viewers and readers away with phoney stories with phoney facts.

Then again, maybe Morrell is the only MSM’er that does not fit the mold.”

Sure thing. Maybe Morrell is the only guy among us who isn’t a card-carrying Marxist who wants to see the United States fail. I’ll buy that. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to trying to destroy America. It’s what I get paid for, after all.

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Paul McLeary is senior editor of Defense Technology International magazine, and is a former CJR staffer.