Take Two Conservative Aspirins with that Liberal Kool-Aid, and Call Me in the Morning!
Last sunday, I happened to catch some of "Company of Heroes", a FOX News special. What really struck me, is the stark contrast between the manner in which Fox presented the tragedy of loss when a soldier is horribly maimed or killed in action; and the manner in which other news stations and programs present the toll of 1853 soldier deaths and some 14,000 wounded. When I watched "Company of Heroes", it made me feel proud and grateful to these heroes and their families. These soldiers were given the dignity and honor that is due to them. Nameless heroes are given a name; they are given a face and personal story attached to that face, so you become intimately familiar with the loss to our country and the nobility of their selflessness and sacrifice. Rather than demoralizing, you are left inspired, with a deep appreciation and love of patriot and country. The sacrifice that these fellow citizens make on behalf of our nation is humbling and they deserve our everlasting love and gratitude.
Then flip over to....say.....60 Minutes or Nightline.....and after running their news stories on dead soldiers and soldiers maimed by the war, what you are left with is a feeling of "war is wrong"...."war is not the answer"......"another life wasted".
It's rather fascinating, really. Just flip back and forth between CNN and FOX, and there are times when you do a kind of double-take, to make sure you are listening to the same exact story being reported. Sometimes, it's night and day.
A really great blog I discovered through the military bloggers, is Michael Yon's Online Magazine. He is an independent, citizen-journalist chronicling from his own perspective, what is really going on in Iraq. Just read "Jungle Law" for a vivid account of being out on combat patrol in Mosul with the Deuce Four. And Pundit Review has a radio interview with Yon. (Incidentally, for those who give credence to Cindy Sheehan's current opinion regarding President Bush's sincerity and concern over military deaths and how they affect military families, read this and this. Pundit Review also reminds us there of a couple of stories you might have seen before in e-mail forwards, verifiable as true stories when cross-checked with urban legend sites like snopes.com. In light of the current media frenzy over Cindy Sheehan and her charge of President Bush being uncaring of his soldiers and callous, this and this might be nice to revive. Also this story. And more. Try downing these next time you're drinking that bitter liberal kool-aid!