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Roguish Lawyer
07-12-2004, 11:43
I like this article.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110005312

High Bias
"Mainstream" reporters aren't just liberal--they're fanatical.

BY ORSON SCOTT CARD
Monday, July 12, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT

When Fox News Channel was founded by Rupert Murdoch, the consensus was that no startup all-news cable channel could possibly compete with CNN, and if any startup had a chance, it was MSNBC, which had the combined clout of NBC's esteemed news division and Microsoft, which in those days was believed to own the future.

Now, almost a decade later, Fox News Channel has left both CNN and MSNBC in the dust. There's no guarantee that this is permanent, of course. But it certainly has the left in a panic. They hated it that American conservatism had any voice at all, back when it was confined to a few radio talk shows--remember how everybody wanted to blame Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk-radio hosts for the Oklahoma City bombing?

Now, though, to have Fox News Channel be the source for the largest portion of America's TV news junkies just sticks in their craw. How could such a thing happen? Scott Collins, author of "Crazy Like a Fox: The Inside Story of How Fox News Beat CNN," thinks he has the answer.

It's not what Fox claims--that the American news media have a pronounced and painful liberal bias, so that huge numbers of Americans had given up on TV news, only to return in droves when Fox News offered them a balanced, trustworthy source of information. No, it's that a large number of Americans believed that the news was biased. How they got this idea is that they were . . . hmmm . . . idiots? But no matter. Mr. Collins repeatedly states that the perception is what mattered, and by homing in on the audience dumb enough to think the media was biased, Fox News won the ratings race (but not, of course, the race for quality news coverage).

I'm painting Mr. Collins's book far too negatively, and I'm doing it deliberately. In fact, you can finish "Crazy Like a Fox" and think you have received a balanced story. Nowhere does Mr. Collins actually say that Fox News viewers are idiots. But Mr. Collins is a product of the liberal American news media, which are deeply offended at any accusation of bias. They don't twist the news--they inform their readers of the truth. And when they see Fox News trumpeting slogans like "we report, you decide" and "fair and balanced," they see red. They take it for granted that those slogans are true of every news outlet except Fox News.

So when Mr. Collins sets out to write a fair and balanced account of Fox News's triumph, he does not realize that his own reporting is biased, too. He scrupulously avoids demonizing the folks at Fox News.

But the bias is there. It is simply taken for granted that Fox distorts the news, that Fox is unusual for taking sides, while all of the allegations about liberal bias are refuted so that one could close this book believing that liberal bias in the vast majority of the American news media is a delusion shared only by dimwitted conservatives who don't like it that the world has passed them by--and blame the messenger.

So let's put it to the test. Is there a real leftist bias in the mainstream news?





One recent morning--the Sunday before Memorial Day--I picked up the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times and started looking through national news coverage. You know, the stuff that is filtered through the lens of liberal bias long before it even reaches local papers, which rarely revise what they get off the wire services.
In a story on Donald Rumsfeld's remarks to the graduating class at West Point, here is the lead paragraph: "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making no mention of the prisoner abuse scandal that has led to calls for his ouster, told a cheering crowd of graduating cadets Saturday that they will help win the global fight against terror."

Let's see, how could there be any bias in that? Every word is true, right?

Except for this: The first thing mentioned, the lens through which we are forced to view the rest of the story, is something that did not happen and that only an idiot would expect might happen: Mr. Rumsfeld mentioning the prisoner-abuse scandal at a commencement address at West Point.

The lead, in other words, is not the graduation that is supposedly being reported, but rather Mr. Rumsfeld's failure to resign in the face of events that happened weeks ago. How is Mr. Rumsfeld's not resigning news? It's mentioned in this story only because the reporter does not want to let go of it.

This is bulldog journalism: Once you get hold of a story, you never loosen your grip until your victim dies--at least politically.

Does it happen to everybody? Or just Republicans? Well, try this fictitious opening paragraph: "Senator Hillary Clinton, making no mention of the $100,000 she once made by trading cattle futures with astonishing perfection, told a cheering crowd of activists that President Bush's globalist economic policy is hurting poor people in other countries and costing American jobs."

Nope. You've never seen it, and you never will. Because bulldog journalism only goes one way in our "unbiased" mainstream media.


The only differences between Fox News and all the other news media are (1) they admit that on some issues they take sides, and (2) they allow the conservative side to be heard--without contempt.

Fox News, for instance, made the decision after 9/11 that they would display the American flag. This has caused (and still causes) seething resentment from the rest of the news media. Why?

First, it implies that the rest of the news media aren't patriotic. Well, duh. Come on, prior to 9/11--and even after it--they prided themselves on not being patriotic and spoke of people who were self-consciously patriotic with contempt. They thought of themselves as being above national borders. You can't have it both ways, kids.

Second, it's pandering to the ignorant unwashed masses of Americans who want their news from people who are "on our side." Again, duh. When a nation is at war--which on 9/11 we finally realized that we are--we don't want to hear the news from neutral parties. We want the news to be accurate, yes--and Fox has had its share of painfully accurate scoops that nobody wanted to hear, but which we needed to know. But when a negative story comes out, we want the people telling us the news to say it with regret. And when America wins, we want our news media to tell us with excitement and happiness.

In other words, we want to hear the truth from a friend. From someone who is one of us. And if it took an Australian-born mogul, Rupert Murdoch, to give us an American national news source, so be it.





But let me go on. A story about terrorists murdering civilians and taking hostages in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, never actually uses the word terrorist. Instead, the killers are "gunmen" (in the headline), "suspected Islamic militants wearing military-style uniforms" and "attackers" (in the body of the story).
Suspected Islamic militant--this pussyfooting appellation even though later in the story we learn that an Islamic group called "Al-Quds" and signing itself "al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula" is claiming credit for the attack. But presumably they are only "suspected" of being Islamic militants because, after all, they might turn out to be long-hidden Nazis or perhaps holdouts from the Irish Republican Army or--who knows?--maybe Timothy McVeigh's buddies from the "red states" in America.

That's what makes some Americans turn away from mainstream sources in disgust. Why in the world is there any need for the news writers to wrap themselves in impartiality when the story makes Islamic militants look bad, but when the story is about our own secretary of defense, he gets slapped around from the first paragraph on?

This "neutral" approach to a terrorist attack on Americans and other westerners working for American companies in Saudi Arabia is one reason why Fox News is triumphing. Fox makes it clear that they're on America's side, that what happens to Americans abroad is happening to "us"--in short, they feel our pain because they are part of us.





Let's go on to the coverage of Bill Cosby's remarks on the self-defeating actions of some segments of the American black community. In the Asheville Citizen-Times, it's hard to find what is newsworthy about the article at all. Mr. Cosby's remarks are reported as taking place "earlier this month," and there is no event since then to justify considering this new article as "news."
In fact, the "story" is a thinly disguised editorial, in which Associated Press writer Deepti Hajela seems to be trying to draw the controversy to a "balanced" conclusion. Mr. Cosby's most heated remarks are quoted, but fairly, and in context, and his credentials are respected. Ms. Hajela is not out to "get" him.

After summarizing Mr. Cosby's weeks-ago remarks, Ms. Hajela then gives one paragraph to Jimi Izrael's criticism of Cosby's remarks, who merely objected to Cosby's tone and privileged position. Then Ms. Hajela quotes the Rev. Conrad Tillard of Roxbury, Mass., at some length. Obviously, it was Mr. Tillard's statement that provided the trigger for this article. It's the reason that Mr. Cosby was "news" again--though Mr. Cosby gets the headline to himself because who would read an article headlined "Rev. Tillard answers Cosby"?

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Roguish Lawyer
07-12-2004, 11:44
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Mr. Tillard is first quoted as saying that "Cosby 'could absolutely have' gone even further," and though slavery and Jim Crow had hurt African-Americans, "at the end of the day, we have got to turn the tide." But then Mr. Tillard is quoted as explaining that the real danger of Mr. Cosby's remarks is that white people (i.e., racists) will "seize upon that and try to castigate the African-American community. The conservatives and liberals are far too quick to seize upon a statement and say to the rest of us, 'See, see, it's not us, it's you.' What they have not wanted to acknowledge is that there are still legacies of slavery."

How is this biased? In this editorial-masquerading-as-news, Ms. Hajela is providing us with a "clincher" that tells us what we are supposed to learn from all this: that it would be a bad thing for Americans to let the racists off the hook by telling blacks that they are causing some of their own problems.

Harmless? Sure. In fact, I agree with Ms. Hajela's editorial. But it was in the news pages, and it was not news, and it was not impartial. It was shaped and designed solely to cause readers to reach a certain opinion.

Nobody was quoted as saying, "Cosby was absolutely right, it's ridiculous to keep complaining about things that are completely under our own control. We can teach our children to learn standard English and get a good education. We can teach our children not to become criminals, and can hold them responsible for their actions when they do commit crimes, instead of blaming racism."

Ultimately, both the "pro" and "con" quotes said the same thing: Mr. Cosby had a point, but he shouldn't say it openly because it gives aid and comfort to the enemy. Very PC. Don't we all feel better now?





Then there's the half-page tie-in to the movie "The Day After Tomorrow," with the headline "Could It Really Happen?" The answer, buried deep in the story, is that of course it couldn't. Geochemist Wallace Broecker, who is the most-quoted source, is paraphrased only in the final paragraph as saying "Hollywood's idea of 'abrupt' is much swifter than nature's, however. Climate shifts unfold over years and decades--not in two reels, said Broecker."
This is as vague a way of saying "What this movie actually shows is scientific nonsense" as you could possibly imagine.

The bulk of the article--especially the crucial first paragraphs and the large-type inset, which are all that most people ever read--say quite a different thing. In answer to the question "could the climate really go bonkers, just like that?" the answer in the article was "Maybe. That was the consensus among researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a leading center for climate studies."

The next paragraph includes a quote from the observatory's director, G. Michael Purdy: "This is not fantasy. It's happened before. It's well documented."

Which quote will leave the clearest impression in the readers' minds? The fact is, what Mr. Purdy was saying was "not fantasy" and has "happened before" is Manhattan being covered in ice. That was during the Ice Age. It didn't happen in one big storm. And it wasn't caused by human greenhouse-gas emissions.

Furthermore, any institution calling itself an "earth observatory" has a built-in bias. They want to wrap themselves in the much more fact-based science of astronomy, but this isn't an observatory as most of us understand it, it's a group of scientists who have gathered together specifically because they already are true believers in a certain set of viewpoints about the human impact on the environment.

And the large-type inset absolutely treats global warming as a fact (it is still only a suspicion, by rational standards) and ends with this statement, attributed to no one: "Scientists believe this is probably due to man-made 'greenhouse gases' in the atmosphere." Which scientists? Are there scientists who disagree? These matters are not even addressed.

The whole point of this article is to make sure that the people who read it take "The Day After Tomorrow" far more seriously than the film deserves. Why? Because global warming has become one of the weapons used in the political war to bring down Western civilization, and without necessarily realizing it, the left-biased news media are completely buying into that political agenda.

Keep in mind that there is no way of knowing whether human greenhouse-gas emissions are causing or preventing disaster, mostly because we don't yet understand the causes of the natural cycles that lead to ice ages and warmer interglacial periods. So at this point, there is zero scientific basis for action. There is only the quasireligious premise that any human change to nature is dangerous and bad. Therefore, if human activities produce gases that might cause a disaster, then we can't afford to wait until the connection is actually proven. We must stop emitting those gases right now.

What they don't tell you is that the only way they are proposing to stop emitting those gases is to have such a drastic change in the activities of Western civilization that it might well lead to devastating impoverishment, and probably to famine and a catastrophic drop in the human population.

But the reporters covering science in America today are so wretchedly miseducated that they don't even know what questions to ask when interviewing biased sources. And they are perfectly willing to make ridiculous statements--which would include any sentence beginning with "scientists believe."

This is the postreligious equivalent of a fundamentalist preacher starting a sentence with "The Bible says." It invokes authority without context, without understanding, and without admitting the possibility of error. (Most self-respecting fundamentalist preachers would at least tell you which book in the Bible they were quoting.)

The fact is that Mr. Broecker is an important scientist, and his model of the "conveyor belt" of warm water in the Atlantic provides a plausible explanation for how ice-age climate changes might happen and why they seem to be restricted to the northern hemisphere, at least in the most recent ice-age events.

But the article in the paper was not science or even respectable science reporting. It was designed as propaganda to convince readers that smart people all agree that global warming can cause an ice age like the one depicted in "The Day After Tomorrow," unless we make the radical changes required to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to levels that true believer claim (but cannot prove) would prevent this disaster.

If the evidence of global warming were a report of burglars operating in your neighborhood, there's enough of it to cause you to check that your doors and windows are locked--but the true believers want you to respond by boarding up your house and moving to another state.





In every case of bias I just cited, the writers would almost certainly be outraged at my accusation that they were doing anything other than reporting the facts as clearly and fairly as possible. It doesn't occur to them that they are biased because they live in a box filled with people who share exactly the same bias. But that's how we human beings create our working definition of sanity--someone who shares the same worldview as his neighbors is "sane," and those who don't are crazy.
The left-wing news media live in a tiny village of people who all think (or pretend to think) exactly alike. Therefore, to them any reporter or media outlet that rejects their premises must be insane or dishonest, and instead of seeking to refute them with actual evidence, they merely call them names and accuse them of venal motives.

The fact remains that on Fox News, and only on Fox News, we get television reportage that gives us at least two sides of every important issue. On all the other TV news outlets--and "mainstream" newspapers--we mostly get coverage that is hopelessly biased. The madmen have taken over the asylum and now, dressed in white lab coats, they pronounce the rest of the world insane.

Keep in mind that I found these egregious examples of bias in a single issue of a single newspaper, randomly chosen. I could do the same thing with any national news broadcast or with any paper in America except the occasional paper that still has a toehold on reality.





I wrote this essay for a newspaper that is also biased. The only difference--and it's all the difference in the world--is that the Rhinoceros Times admits that it's a conservative paper and reports events through conservative eyes. Likewise for this Web site.
Fox News Channel, on the other hand, claims to have only one bias--it is definitely pro-American--and it presents all the facts and every viewpoint and leaves the decision up to the viewer. Imagine if these news stories had been written from that perspective. They would be barely recognizable--and some of them would not have been written at all.

What makes the liberal bias in the mainstream media so pernicious is that they deny that they're biased and insist that their twisted version of events is "reality," and anyone who disagrees with them is either mentally or morally suspect. In other words, they're fanatics. And, like all good fanatics, they're utterly convinced that they're in sole possession of virtue and truth.

Mr. Card, a science fiction writer, writes for the Rhinoceros Times of Greensboro, N.C., and for ornery.org.

Ghostrider
07-12-2004, 13:06
Excellent read RL......guess no one's stolen your BC signs lately, since you had time to post this.;)

NousDefionsDoc
07-12-2004, 17:52
I like it too.

The Reaper
07-12-2004, 17:52
Excellent read, thanks.

TR

Guy
07-12-2004, 18:45
Cosby was correct...great read!

You very rarely read anything of the infrastructure being rebuilt in these countries.

Gypsy
07-12-2004, 19:00
Originally posted by Roguish Lawyer

Therefore, to them any reporter or media outlet that rejects their premises must be insane or dishonest, and instead of seeking to refute them with actual evidence, they merely call them names and accuse them of venal motives.



Hmmmm reminds me of how the liberal left attacks our President...

Excellent article RL, thanks for the post.

NousDefionsDoc
07-12-2004, 19:01
I liked it so much I stole it.:D

Gypsy
07-12-2004, 19:04
Don't you mean you ahh..."liberated" it? :D

Me too.

Ghostrider
07-12-2004, 19:09
Another "liberator".:D

The Reaper
07-12-2004, 19:23
Originally posted by Ghostrider
Another "liberator".:D

De Oppresso Liber.

TR

Roguish Lawyer
07-13-2004, 12:19
Here is another one. Slightly different angle, but same general spin.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/bminiter/?id=110005344

Give Me a D?
Reporters analyzing the election sound more like Kerry cheerleaders.

BY BRENDAN MINITER
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT

Rah rah John Kerry!

If only for entertainment's sake, it's worth getting in the spirit of what the news cycle has in store for the soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee from now until his party's convention in two weeks. Even coming out of that Boston "D" party, the story line for the John-John ticket is going to be that liberalism has a real chance of winning this time out.

But cheerleaders aren't a good predictor of a team's performance. And by the looks of it, Team Kerry isn't walking onto the field from where Team Gore stepped off. The story the media may be missing this year is that the electorate is not nearly as evenly divided as it was in 2000. The success of President Bush's policies, Sept. 11 (which wiped away the claim that he didn't have a mandate to govern) and the war in Iraq have all changed the political landscape.


Let's start where the last presidential election ended--Florida. The Sunshine State is becoming increasingly Democratic as more middle-class seniors retire there from the Northeast. But, as in many states, the key to winning is the Hispanic community, and in South Florida that largely means Cuban-Americans. Al Gore managed to do well by distancing himself from President Clinton's callous decision to seize Elian Gonzalez at gunpoint and deport him.

This year the Cuban test isn't as clear, but Mr. Kerry may have already failed it in responding to a question by the Miami Herald. Mr. Kerry told a Herald reporter that efforts to petition the Cuban government for basic freedoms were "counterproductive," because they landed hundreds of Cuban-human-rights activists in the gulag. Mr. Kerry would have done better to check with Jimmy Carter before answering this one. The former president has praised the Varela Project, including while on a trip to Cuba.

Meanwhile, as The Economist reported last week, there is mounting evidence that Republicans are successfully making inroads with Hispanics across the country. On several issues--education, religion, taxes--Hispanics naturally find themselves in line with the GOP. The No Child Left Behind Act resonates in the Hispanic community because fewer Latinos between 19-25 have a high school diploma (73%) than blacks (89%) or whites (93%). President Bush won 35% of the Hispanic vote in 2000 (near the 1984 Republican record of 37%), and the Bush campaign can reasonably hope to reach 40% this year.

The Economist quotes Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a Democrat and the son of a Mexican immigrant: "The problem with Democrats is that sometimes they take our people for granted." New Mexico's population is 43% Hispanic, and Mr. Gore won the state by only 366 votes. Hispanics are also key voters in Iowa, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state--all close states last time out.


In Pennsylvania--another state Mr. Gore won narrowly--Mr. Kerry's problem may prove to be his insistence on raising taxes--or, as he puts it, "repealing" Mr. Bush's tax cuts for the "wealthy." Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, these days looks more like a supply-sider than a tax-and-spend liberal. Since his election two years ago, he hasn't resorted to class warfare policies, la Kerry-Edwards, to revive the economy. Instead of looking to soak the rich, Mr. Rendell increased income taxes only slightly--being careful to keep Pennsylvania competitive with neighboring New York and New Jersey--and is now in the process of cutting property taxes. He has also been working hard to persuade businesses to relocate to Pennsylvania by arguing that it will remain a tax-friendly state.

Although Maryland isn't seen as competitive, national Democrats might want to take a look at the Old Line State. This is a blue state that is starting to blush a little red. Republican Robert Ehrlich defeated Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for the governor's mansion two years ago, partly on a limited-tax platform. And earlier this year the tax-and-spend wing of the Democratic Party tried rolling out a tax increase modeled after Mr. Kerry's proposals. The plan was to close a projected state budget gap by increasing income taxes on the "wealthy." Democratic legislators retreated under pressure, however, and then abandoned plans to reconvene this summer to try again when it became clear that the growing economy would bring in enough taxes to all but erase the deficit. Given this recent history, on election night look for Mr. Bush to do surprisingly well in Maryland.

None of this is to say that Mr. Bush can count on easy re-election. War instability will continue to play to voter fears, and a fickle electorate may lose confidence in the president before he has a chance to finish what he started. The economy is recovering, but won't likely replace all the jobs lost over the last four years by Election Day. Mr. Kerry may yet cobble together an Electoral College victory by finding enough voters who are uncomfortable with the wrenching changes the country has undergone in the wake of the dot-com crash and the Sept. 11 attacks. But that's not the game Mr. Kerry's cheerleaders are expecting.

Mr. Miniter is assistant editor of OpinionJournal.com. His column appears Tuesdays.

Roguish Lawyer
07-13-2004, 12:29
Damn, I think I put this in the wrong thread. Really more of an election analysis. Oh well.

Gypsy
07-14-2004, 20:34
I really wish more people would understand this...

...And The Media Says: 'We Support Our Military'
By Thomas D. Segel
July 14, 2004

Their names are Mark E. Mitchell, Jason Dean Cunningham, Joseph B. Perez and Stephen Bass. Chances are you have no idea of who these men are or what they accomplished. You can look them up on the Internet. A Goggle search will show you Cunningham's name on 5 entries. Perez will appear 4 times, Mitchell 3 times and Bass twice.

Now try these names...Lynndie England, Charles Graner Jr., Jeremy Sivits and Ivan Frederick II. They may seem very familiar...and they should. According the Kate O'Beirne, writing for the National Review Online, ABC, NBC and CBS combined have run more than 200 stories on them and the other three abusers of Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib Prison. In addition there were more than 40 Pg. one stories about them on the front page of the New York Times and their names made headlines in almost every major daily publication in the country. Using the Google search engine to scan the Internet will show you another 377,000 entries about their deplorable activities inside the walls of that prison. All of this combines to make their names and faces the only recognizable pictures of how the world now sees the men and women of America's armed forces.

That quick review of press coverage should dispel any doubts people have about the built-in bias of the media. Electronic and print media alike can protest loudly that no such bias exists, but the numbers shown here are stark testimony to the falseness of such statements.

It is true that Abu Ghraib Prison and its abuse perpetrators make an important story, but the disproportionate weighting of that happening against the actions of Bass, Cunningham, Mitchell and Perez are impossible to understand. What these men did was praiseworthy at every level...and remember that Google search showed their names were only in print a combined total of 14 times.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Stephen Bass, a member of a rescue team was sent to locate and recover two missing American citizens at the Quala-I-Jangi fortress in Afghanistan. Once he moved toward the fortress, Bass was constantly fired upon by the enemy. He was forced to walk through an anti-personnel minefield to gain entry. He then had to crawl through withering fire to reach the uninjured citizen. He was forced to withdraw, but reported his findings to his team, which then went in search of the second man. As darkness fell, he again tried to make the rescue. Without fear for his own personal safety Bass moved into the heart of the fortress, under constant enemy fire. His own ammunition gone, he used the weapon of a fallen enemy to return fire. Chief Bass finally was able to locate and verify the condition of the injured citizen.

In the same operation, Army Major Mark E. Mitchell was the ground force commander of the rescue team. He showed unparalleled courage under fire, decisive leadership and personal sacrifice, which were directly responsible for the success of the rescue mission and instrumental in ensuring the city of Mazar-e-Sharif did not fall back into the hands of the Taliban. His actions contributed to American forces holding their objective even while under heavy enemy fire. By his engagement of the enemy, he assured the freedom of one American and the posthumous recovery of another.

Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham was a Search and Rescue medic assigned to the Quick Reaction Force. Sent to rescue two American servicemen who were evading capture in terrain occupied by Al Qaida, his helicopter was hit by enemy fire and disabled, causing it to crash land. A hasty defense was formed, but his force quickly received three fatalities and five critical casualties. Despite heavy enemy fire Cunningham remained in the burning fuselage of the aircraft treating the wounded men. He then exposed himself to enemy fire as he moved the wounded to a more secure location. When that protected position was compromised, Cunningham braved enemy fire seven times to relocate his wounded to a third collection point. Even after being mortally wounded he continued to direct patient movement and transferred their care to another medic. In the end, his efforts resulted in saving the gravely wounded Americans, but at the cost of his own life.

Marine Lance Corporal Joseph B. Perez was the point man for the lead squad clearing Route 6 during the advance into Baghdad. His squad came under intense enemy fire, the majority of which was aimed at his position. Without hesitation he returned fire with his rifle and directed the fire for others in his squad. He then led the charge down a trench to destroy enemy combatants. Perez next fired an AT-4 rocket into a machine gun bunker, completely destroying it and killing four enemy combatants. His actions allowed his squad to capture the enemy position. Perez continued to fire on enemy troops as he and his squad continued to move forward. He was wounded in both the torso and shoulder, but despite the serious injuries Lance Corporal Perez continued to give his squad accurate fire direction, allowing them to destroy the enemy.

The president of the United States presented this nation's second highest award for valor to these four servicemen. Joseph B. Perez and Stephen Bass were each presented The Navy Cross. Mark E. Mitchell was presented The Distinguished Service Cross and Jason Dean Cunningham was posthumously presented The Air Force Cross.

These men served in the highest tradition of our United States Armed Forces, yet their names are unknown to most of their countrymen. In fairness, there were wire service accounts of their actions. Still, with the exception of hometown newspapers and a few military service publications their heroism went unheralded.

Our media has been shamefully remiss in reporting the valor of our young Americans. In fact, about the only time the word hero in placed in print, is next to the word fallen. But, we need not be concerned about bias. After all, Television, radio and newspapers alike all claim support for the troops....And the media always says ,"We support our military."

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/tsegel/2004/ts_0714.shtml

Ghostrider
07-14-2004, 20:56
Great read, thanks Gypsy!:)

Gypsy
07-14-2004, 21:52
You're welcome. :) I'd like to see more of these types of articles.

Guy
07-15-2004, 06:44
Gypsy,

Great article!

Gypsy
07-15-2004, 19:25
Glad you enjoyed it Guy!

Hopefully ghuinness will log in soon to share his story with the rest of us about this particular article. Pretty awesome stuff.

ghuinness
07-16-2004, 06:43
Originally posted by Gypsy


Hopefully ghuinness will log in soon to share HER story with the rest of us about this particular article. Pretty awesome stuff.

One minor correction :p

I submitted the story to the local radio station. They have read a few of my submissions and thought they might mention this one.

Yesterday they brought in Josh, a local fire-fighter from the 124th Inf. 1st Bat Charlie Co, for an interview. He recently returned from Iraq. During the interview the hosts asked him about the media and his thoughts. The host took the opportunity to inter-leave the statistics from the article and indicated they would provide details about the 4 soldiers at the end of the show. Josh's interview was so well received he ended up staying through the entire show. At the end the host said it would be an injustice to race through the information about these four soldiers. - "If what we tell you doesn't make your chest swell and bring tears to your eyes you are not an American - these are the true heroes. We will cover this tomorrow".

I checked in this morning and, sure enough, their opening statement was: " We are going to tell you about Mark E. Mitchell, Jason Dean Cunningham, Joseph B. Perez and Stephen Bass: What the media won't tell you we will".

Ghostrider
07-16-2004, 07:24
Originally posted by ghuinness
One minor correction :p



LOL...fwiw Gypsy, I did the same thing. ;)

Btw Alex, one of my buddies was with C Co. 2/124th INF...glad he's back.

Gypsy
07-16-2004, 13:06
Originally posted by Ghostrider
LOL...fwiw Gypsy, I did the same thing. ;)

Btw Alex, one of my buddies was with C Co. 2/124th INF...glad he's back.

Ohh looks like we both had a blonde moment there eh? :D Hey welcome your buddy back for me...and say thanks.

Sorry Alex!