Carol Platt Liebau: Journalistically Agnostic

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Journalistically Agnostic

Democratic Congressman Pete Stark has declared that troops are being killed in Iraq for the president's amusement:

“You don't have money to fund the war or children,'' [Stark] said. "But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."

Objectively, this remark is over the line, and it will be interesting to see if Stark apologizes for it -- or whether any of his Democratic counterparts call on him to do so.

But what's also interesting is the way the entire matter is being covered. CBS's piece (linked above) is headlined "Republicans Object to Stark Comments on War." Really? It's okay with all the Democrats for one of their own to insinuate that the Commander in Chief is pleased by the deaths of American soldiers? ABC News, describing Stark as having "the demeanor of the low-key bank president he once was" titles its piece "Democratic lawmaker's blunt talk enrages Republicans" -- as though Stark's remarks are, in truth, a praiseworthy example of speaking truth to power, thereby angering those in the wrong.

Would that such journalistic agnosticism -- such studied detachment -- characterized all the media's reporting. But it's hard to believe that such an outrageous smear would be recounted with such apparent objectivity if it were directed at, say, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cliff said...

I hope the dems keep this up because the more this sewage spews forth, the more likely we will have a Republican landslide in '08, all across the country including the White House! Yes!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

What an idiot!

5:33 AM  
Blogger Righty64 said...

What is obscene about Fortney Stark's comments is the fact that he implies, no accuses, the president of amusement that American soldier's are being killed in Iraq and I am sure even Afghanistan. No president, Democrat or Republican, would EVER be "amused" at any American member of the armed services being killed. President Bush is not that good of an actor. He wears his emotions close to the vest, but he is human and has been brought to tears in very public ways since the Wat Against Islamofacsict Terror was declared on 09/11/01 by Osama bin Laden. And no, do not expect an apology from the first openly atheist in congress. Maybe he can use a little of God's forgiveness for such an insult.

12:32 PM  

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