www.whyville.net Jan 2, 2004 Weekly Issue

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The Media: What's Going On?

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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 first place?

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 Towers.

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?


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