by KathyinBlacksburg, Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 05:58:50 AM EST
It is long past time that we need to consider whether or not we want to stay down the rabbit hole of total government control of information and oversight concerning reports from Iraq. General Petraeus says that Iraq violence is down 60%. Perhaps. But that's not the point.
The point is that we should neither defer to one man, nor pretend one man (or woman) can be the arbiter of Iraq information. This should be obvious. But in the bizzarro-world of 2007, it isn't. Worse, the media is now so derelict, the government so secretive, that we can hardly get the information we need as citizens in a supposedly free country. Oh, yeh, I forgot in Bushworld being "free" means "free to submit."
Despite our beliefs that we have a free press, we have a history in the US of being spoon fed propaganda, especially, though not exclusively, during this administration. In an effort to deceive us, the government produces propaganda "news" segments aired on (our) airwaves. Dana Perino reaches new heights of spin and renders press conferences a sad joke. (And we thought Ari Fleisher was the master.) Where unfettered, objective information is concerned, we've gone from bad to worse. Caskets cannot be photographed. Reporting the numbers of Iraqi casualties is a no-no. It might upset Americans to know the real parameters of this war. What little bad news (it's "supposed" to be all good) gets through doesn't without the freepers unleashing a torrent of antipathy. They (freepers) want to kill the messenger. Serving as a conduit for news failing to highlight our government favorably sets off a cast of FAUX News malcontents. Wound tighter than a spring, they go from angry to rabid in a millisecond. Don't dare to speak truth to power, or we'll pay, the FAUX brown shirts want us to believe. They'll bully, even stalk, those who say things they don't like. You gotta drink their Kool Aid, or else.