Two Signs of Backbone in the Mainstream Media


I bitch a lot about the spinelessness of mainstream American journalists, but recently I read about two surprisingly bold reports (I didn’t actually see either of them). First, CBS reported that Iraqis are being tortured by coalition forces. That this information is readily available in the foreign press is not surprising, and furthermore the story broadcast by CBS is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg, but the fact that CBS would make this information readily accessible to large numbers of Americans is both surprising and encouraging. Second, ABC read the names – while showing the photographs – of all the American soldiers killed in Iraq. Again, this information isn’t hidden, but the fact that a mainstream media outlet makes the true meaning of this information accessible to large numbers of Americans is both surprising and encouraging. Not so surprising is the Sinclair broadcast group’s censorship of the show on many ABC stations, but many stations did broadcast the show.

It’s refreshing to see at least a little courage in the mainstream media. Be thankful for small blessings … and let’s hope it’s the start of a trend!

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