30
Dec
09

media games

Here is a great example of the pettiness and dishonesty of mainstream media.

There are allegations that some of the terrorists that the Christmas day bomber associated with are based in Yemen, and that some of these terrorists were released from Guantanamo Bay by Bush.

So, of course Fox News runs a story about how a republican congressman is in the midst of a letter writing campaign to Obama asking him not to release any more detainees from Guantanamo. In a brilliant and completely cynical use of media magic, an action by a past president is transformed into a veiled critique against the current one.

The real travesty is that no one bothers to defend Bush’s decision on it’s original merits. When GTMO was operating, some people never stopped calling for the release or transfer of prisoners, and the Bush administration itself was actually committed to releasing and transferring detainees, but found significant roadblocks to doing so. Nonetheless, the process of trying to find out who does and does not belong at GTMO is a noble one, and mistakes are bound to be made in both directions (mistakenly letting people go or wrongly holding them when they’re innocent), but of course Fox News could never make an argument like that; it’s much easier just to hide behind media stage tricks.

(PS: a bunch of liberal news programs do this all time as well. I’m thinking of Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. It’s just that when I woke up this morning, I saw this Fox News program, so I’m complaining about them).

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