The media war, cont’d

Aussie Andrew Bolt takes a look at “The holey ambulance — the backside covering begins.” Melanie Phillips meditates on “The media war against Israel.” Michelle Malkin prescribes “No more ambulances for terror.” And Secretary Rumsfeld also weighs in with “The will to win” (the Department of Defense has posted the complete text of the speech here):

[W]e find ourselves in a strange time:

* When a database search of America’s leading newspapers turns up 10 times as many mentions of one soldier at Abu Ghraib who was punished for misconduct than mentions of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the War on Terror.

* When a Newsweek senior editor disparagingly refers to the brave volunteers in our Armed Forces as a “mercenary army.”

* When the former head of CNN accuses the American military of deliberately targeting journalists and the former CNN Baghdad bureau chief admits he concealed reports of Saddam Hussein’s crimes when he was in power so CNN could stay in Iraq.

* And when Amnesty International disgracefully refers to the military facility at Guantanamo Bay – which holds terrorists who have vowed to kill Americans, and is arguably the best run and most scrutinized detention facility in the history of warfare – as “the gulag of our times.”

Those who know the truth need to speak out against these kinds of myths and lies and distortions being told about our troops and our country. This watchdog role is even more important today in a war that is to a great extent fought in the global media – to not allow the lies and the myths be repeated without question or challenge, so that at least the second and third draft of history will be more accurate than the quick first allegations.

Will somebody say “Indeed”?

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