I stumbled upon Joe Scarborough's show on MSNBC tonight, which I've never watched before, but I was intrigued by what he was talking about tonight. He called the segment the "Real News out of Iraq", and in it, he shamed the mainstream news media for their blatant negative spin on their news coverage of the Iraq situation. You can read the article in full here, but for those who are curious and/or time-strapped, I'll highlight a few items here:
- Shiites and Kurds make up roughly 80% of Iraq's population, and the overwhelming majority of these support the elections slated for the end of January.
- Sunnis (Saddam Hussein's clan) make up the remainder of Iraq's population, and many of them support the elections.
- Many of the most powerful Shiite Muslim leaders are telling their people that their participation in the elections next month is a religious duty right up there with fasting.
- An overwhelming majority of the U.S. armed forces in Iraq not only believe that the war is just, but they strongly support both the President's handling of it as well as Secretary Rumsfeld's leadership.
It's really a shame that the media chooses to neglect these facts. I guess it's an indicator of the human condition, huh? The media moguls know very well our obsession with gore, violence, despair, and injustice, and they exploit said obsession to pad their own pockets. I'm not saying that they need not cover events like car bombs, military failures, etc. I'm just saying that they ought to listen to their hearts for once and tell the real story - not just the negative side.
Oh - and as a side note, as most of you know, a tape surfaced today supposed recorded by Osama, in which he names al-Zarqawi as his top deputy in Iraq. Yes, I know this tape hasn't been verified 100% yet, but it certainly sheds a little light onto the Iraq-Al-Qaeda link.