Before reading this article, I ask you to look at it with an unbiased mind. Thank you.
In the beginning of March, President George Walker Bush
declared war against Iraq. His goal was to "disarm Iraq and free its people."
Bush had been insisting for months that Iraq had been gathering a numerous
amount of weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. soon launched an attack, and
Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, fled.
Hussein was recently captured in a field, holding forth what will probably be
one of the most famous quotes of the century:
"My name is Saddam Hussein, I am the president of Iraq and
I want to negotiate."
Hussein has been captured, but have we lost what the U.S. was aiming for in the
If you walked up to a random person and asked him what was going on in
Afghanistan, he would probably just shrug and say, "The Taliban's gone and I
think they have a president."
When the story first hatched, the media jumped on it like a cat on a mouse.
Right after 9/11, the media released what quickly became 24/7 coverage on the
Twin Tower stories have been moved to small paragraphs on the sixth page at
best, and Kobe Bryant's out there on the front. The media doesn't care about
countries we're paying taxes for, they want ratings. Ratings are raised by
things like sex, money and violence. The truth is that if another building was
attacked, more people would turn on the TV than look at a government website.
The media has been covering the deaths of soldiers and battles, but what about
the *progress* of Iraq and Afghanistan? Is there any? The media (probably
accidentally) also fueled racially insensitive comments about the French because
they disagree with the official U.S. take on the war.
It's not just the wars the press has given a weird take on. Remember the "Y2K
Bug" in 1999? The media published article after article about it, and time and
much money went into protecting your computer. Nothing ever happened.
So what's going to happen this year? Will we remember?