Tuesday, February 22, 2005

 

SAEN Editorial Board, Part V

Time for another installment from Cynthia Massey's article "Does the Liberal Bias of the Editorial Board Subvert Fair Play?" Here is what Ms. Massey discovered about the SAEN Editorial Board and the war in Iraq:
Pessimism is the prevailing tone of board editorials and columns related to the war in Iraq. Dire predictions and warnings are the rule. Referring to the one-year anniversary of the war: "One year after Operation Iraqi Freedom began, the outcome of the American-led effort remains uncertain" (3/19/04). Referring to the March 11 Madrid train bombings: "The Europeans also believe that the Iraq war is not only a dangerous distraction from efforts to combat terrorism but actually is feeding the terrorist threat (4/6/04). Referring to the four murdered American security guards: "They remind us, painfully, that the Iraq imbroglio is deeply serious....Nor can this nation walk away, even as the news gets worse" (4/8/04). Board member Holley, in a March 21 column "Spanish voters lift nation's 'fog of war'," equates the war in Iraq with our country's involvement in Vietnam.

The pessimistic message and tone in these writings demoralize our armed forces, their families, and the Americans who support them, and encourage terrorists in their "jihad" against us. Since as the board concedes we cannot "walk away," why doesn't it, instead, offer hope and inspiration to those who are putting their lives on the line in the name of freedom and democracy? The short answer? The impending election.

The pessimistic tone of the Editorial Board is also reflecting in the news coverage on Iraq as readers of SAEN Watch well know. Be sure to check out the latest issue of Scene in SA; for which Ms. Massey is Editor-At-Large.
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