I couldn’t have said it better:
WASHINGTON â€” The former top commander of coalition forces in Iraq may have called U.S. efforts there catastrophically flawed and unrealistically optimistic, but much of the criticism of the media by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez has been left unreported.
In his speech to the Military Reporters and Editors Association in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sanchez accused reporters of “unscrupulous reporting, solely focused on supporting an agenda and preconceived notions of the U.S. military.”
Without naming a specific company, Sanchez said “parent media organizations” have political agendas that direct the news coverage of the war and in some cases put U.S. service members in deadly situations.
“What is clear to me is that you are perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that is destroying our country and killing our service members who are at war. My assessment is that your profession, to some, has strayed from these ethical standards and allowed external agendas to manipulate what the American public sees on TV, reads in newspapers and what they see on the Web,” Sanchez said.
“Over the course of this war, tactically insignificant events have become strategic defeats for America because of the tremendous power and impact of the media and by extension, you the journalist,” Sanchez said.
Amen. If anyone seriously tries to argue this….. they would have to be deaf dumb and blind. Hellen Keller would even agree.