Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Understanding today's news

At American Future, Marc shares a great email he got, which offers the story of the Battle of Midway if today's MSM had been reporting it. Here's a sample:

June 7, 1942. The United States Navy suffered another blow in its attempt to stem the Japanese Fleet Goodwill Tour of the Pacific Ocean. Midway Island, perhaps the most vital U.S. outpost, was pummeled by Japanese Naval aviators. The defending U.S. forces, consisting primarily of antique Buffalo fighters, were completely wiped out while the Japanese attackers suffered few, if any, losses. In a nearby naval confrontation, the Japanese successfully attacked the Yorktown, which was later sunk by a Japanese submarine. A destroyer lashed to the Yorktown was also sunk. American forces claim to have sunk four Japanese carriers and the cruiser Mogami but those claims were vehemently denied by the Emperor’s spokesman. The American carriers lost an entire squadron of torpedo planes when they failed to link up with fighter escorts. The dive bombers had fighter escort even though they weren’t engaged by enemy fighters. The War Department refused to answer when asked why the fighters were assigned to the wrong attack groups.
I found this post especially interesting because, last night, I caught another barrage of anti-Bush nonsense from Mr. Bookworm, and was simply incapable of conveying to him that, as long as he's reading the slanted coverage from the MSM, there's no room in the middle for reasoned discussion. Since he reads stuff from only the "war is bad, war is lost" side, he -- like so many Americans -- is incapable of understanding that there is a different way of interpreting the same information. I'm not saying, by the way, that the MSM is always wrong. I'm just saying it's bias is so complete that one can't properly understand the world situation without at least seeking out other sources of information to round out the story or the slant.