October 29, 2003

Objective Journalism

Once or twice a year I wonder if I am being too hard on Big Media. Dick Meyer, the Editorial Director of CBSNews.com, helps disabuse me of this concern:

Thanks to some philosophy President Bush shared the other day, I realized that Iíve been looking at this whole Iraq thing bass-ackwards. The sorry truth is, my whole perspective on stuff like current events is pretty gloom-and-doom and entrenchified. I think thatís the word.

Hmm, my "Bush is a moron" detector is starting to tingle.

My big epiphany came after bad guys in Iraq bombed police stations and a Red Cross facility and killed about 40 people. I was very discouraged, but then the president spoke.

And we all know how much CBS respects the pronouncements of the President.

ďThe more successful we are on the ground, the more these killers will react,Ē the zen President said. ďThe more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity is available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become, because they canít stand the thought of a free society.Ē

"Everything's zen? I don't think so." -- Bush

Ding, ding, ding Ė of course thatís right.

Hmm..., does he mean these three bells? No, I didn't think so.

Do you realize how bad things would really be if there were no suicide bombings, guerrilla attacks and anti-American violence in Iraq? It would be a sure sign that the enemies of freedom were kickiní back and getting ready for Ramadan because they knew we werenít fixing up Iraq right. Thatís scary. If we werenít making such good progress, the lack of violence and slaughter would a sure sign of trouble.

Transparent sarcasm in the hands of a self-important professional is a sorry sight.

The real disaster would come if we found Saddam Hussein. Disaster-city, big time. Itís great that heís still on the lam because it just shows how impressed the chief evil-doer is with our reconstruction of Iraq. If things were going to the dogs, Saddam would turn himself in, knowing the masses would rescue him and return him to his palaces. Remember this the next time your stuck at the water cooler with a gloom-and-doom guy like I used to be: a free Saddam means freedom in Iraq is becoming entrenchified.

But when said self-important professional's transparent sarcasm just drags on and on, it makes me wonder whether or not he needs an editor. Maybe his target audience needs to hear the same concept six or seven times before the light bulb goes off.

We also better hope we donít nab Osama. The minute that guy gets plunked into a dungeon in Gitmo, forget about it. That will be proof positive that al Qaeda is so confident that our war on terror is terrible that theyíll let us capture their fearless leader as a taunt and a distraction. You see the logic here? If I were to bump into Osama at Starbucks this afternoon, it would be my duty to buy him a latte and a Halloween mask and send him back into hiding. Same with Mullah Omar. And all those weapons of mass destruction.

Remember, Dick Meyer is the editorial director of CBSNews.com, just in case you normally get your news from this source. No axes to grind here.

This kind of geopolitical theory isnít just for foreign stuff. Take the California wildfires. Sure, theyíre a short-term inconvenience. But in a year everything will be fine even though hundreds of thousands acres were scorched a little bit. It just proves that God wants us to drill for oil in the wilds of Alaska because itís just not a big deal. In fact, all this smoke and pollution is just a reminder that smoke and pollution are a part of nature and all this EPA stuff is just mumbo-jumbo.

This reads just like a DNC press release. It's almost like the leaders at CBS work together with the Democrat Party. Can't be, can it? Hmm..., is this the same CBS that is making the historically-challenged movie about Ronald Reagan?

Some of the best news lately came from the folks who do the census. Not only did they find the official poverty rate rose from 11.7 percent in 2001 to 12.1 percent in 2002, they discovered that 2.4 million more people didnít have any health insurance. First of all, this does a pretty good job of explaining why poor people are so full of sour grapes. But the statistics show that the war to make rich people richer is making progress. And when poor people realize that the rich are getting richer, theyíll realize that America is the land of opportunity.

"[T]he war to make the rich richer." And up until now, I thought that Mr. Cohen was the biggest Dick in Big Media.

So long as the economy doesnít heat up, the president will do just fine in í04. And bad stuff will be good.

Bad stuff will be good. Say, that's CBS' modus operandi, isn't it?

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