Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Disrespecting Allawi

Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center, has a good roundup of how the cynical, defeatist MSM has treated Iraq's PM.

Pardon some counter-cynicism here. What, to our media, makes a credible Middle East leader? Could we see last week's news coverage -- and the last few decades of news coverage -- and suspect that hostility to democracy, if not the United States, makes one a more credible world leader to our media elite? Isn't it quite obvious at this point that crooked, violence-affirming Yasser Arafat has received a much better press than Prime Minister Allawi? Hasn't "moderate" Ayatollah Khatemi of Iran received a much better press? Hasn't iron-fisted Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak received a much better press?

The media should consider that it is they who sound like puppets -- puppets of Moqtada el-Sadr and Abu Musab Zarqawi, who want America to think that Iraq is a hopeless sinkhole and America would be wise to say uncle and withdraw. They are the ones who sound almost eager to delay Iraqi elections. They are the ones who make every suicide bombing and every savage beheading the only political facts from Iraq that matter. They are the primary audience for the terrorists' P.R. campaign of fear -- and it's working.

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