Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

A lucid, intelligent attack on America's Fifth Column Press

I've ranted before about how our press is a Fifth Column, dedicated to America's failure in the current war against terrorists. If only I were as good at writing as Thomas Sowell, who as this to say (and more, if you take the time to read his whole column):

One of the biggest American victories during the Second World War was called 'the great Marianas turkey shoot' because American fighter pilots shot down more than 340 Japanese planes over the Marianas islands while losing just 30 American planes. But what if our current reporting practices had been used back then? The story, as printed and broadcast, could have been: 'Today eighteen American pilots were killed and five more severely wounded, as the Japanese blasted more than two dozen American planes out of the sky.' A steady diet of that kind of one-sided reporting and our whole war effort against Japan might have collapsed. Whether the one-sided reporting of the war in Vietnam was a factor in the American defeat there used to be a matter of controversy. But, in recent years, high officials of the Communist government of Vietnam have themselves admitted that they lost the war on the battlefields but won it in the U.S. media and on the streets of America, where political pressures from the anti-war movement threw away the victory for which thousands of American lives had been sacrificed.