Friday, May 14, 2004
MEDIA PATRIOTS. I'm sure the mainstream media are grateful for the unexpected windfall they received this week. What could be a better distraction from the butchering of Nicholas Berg than the discovery of SEX PICTURES from Abu Ghraib? Maybe the pictures themselves, but I'm sure they're working on getting those for us too. If we could just lay our hands on a few of those, we could forget about Berg altogether. Possibly something featuring a BREAST. We all know how pleasurable it is to feel offended about seeing one of those. And, let's face it, it's not nearly as icky as looking at savage real world violence. Did anyone see Nancy Pelosi after she had viewed the sex pictures? She looked overcome, almost as if she had witnessed an unbelievable slaughter. Oh that's right. The Berg video didn't upset her nearly as much.
The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby has some interesting thoughts about all this:
Offensive and shocking pictures that undermine the war effort should be played up, but offensive and shocking pictures that remind us why we're at war in the first place shouldn't get played at all?The ruse that is used to rationalize this double standard is both clever and corrupt. Somehow, the mass media have connived to convince us that these truly national events belong only to the dead victims and their families. The major networks no longer run footage even of the planes striking the twin towers because the images are too troubling to the "9/11 families." Excuse me? We're all 9/11 families now. Our world changed profoundly on that grisly day and we are not permitted to remind ourselves of how awful the carnage was? The same logic has been employed from the very beginning to deprive us of the worst and most personal images of the WTC attack, those who chose to plummet dozens of stories to their deaths rather than be burned alive.
Yet Peter and Tom and Dan have no scruples about showing us six-year-old
amputees as a way of driving home the collateral damage of American bombing.
If they were as fearless about showing us the mutilated victims of Saddam's
torture chambers, we might be better enabled to keep the "prisoner abuse"
photos in perspective. Maybe Teddy Kennedy couldn't get away so easily
with his glib and revolting
comparison of Bush to Saddam. But I guess that's the point. They want us
to forget why our country is embroiled in a complex situation in Iraq.
Why else would Peter Jennings somehow forget
to mention that Berg's self-proclaimed murderer has clear ties to the 9/11
attacks? Or is he already confident that the memory of those attacks has
been driven from our heads by a picture of a smoking girl in a tee shirt
pointing at the genitals of an Iraqi
TAXIDERMY. Just as Andy Rooney has overstayed his welcome, columnist Jimmy Breslin really needs to go home and do his ranting in a Lazyboy in front of the TV. A quote from his latest stream of bile:
The prison pictures they watched in such secrecy belong to the public whose taxes pay for this war. These utter fools in suits and uniforms, some smooth-faced liar from the Pentagon, or a general who should be in a grand jury himself, try to control the free speech of the nation and commit a war crime.You see, he knows that people are watching the Berg video on the internet, and he just can't stand not being able to displace those images with those of sex parties in Abu Ghraib cells.
Get stuffed, Jimmy.