Back when you could call a ‘crusade’ a ‘crusade’.
I wonder what this headline would say today?
UPDATE: Whoa! Somehow scored an Instalanche off of this post. Thanks to Mr. Reynolds for the link, and welcome to all of you Instapundit readers.
Several commenters (and readers via email) have criticized the comparison of D-Day to the invasion of Iraq. I wasn’t comparing the two, though, except to wonder how the media’s coverage of the major military operation of this generation would compare to the media’s coverage of the major military operation of that generation.
(That doesn’t mean that I don’t find some of the snarkier fake headlines quite humorous, though…)
What I’m referring to has been called the “No Right Answer” game. The rules of the game are simple: Anything the military does or says is wrong.
Fun for the whole family.
The game gets kicked up a notch when you can criticize the President of the United States at the same time. Double points if it’s a Republican. Triple word score if he’s from Texas.
Comparing headlines from June 6th, 1944 to those in 1991 or 2003 can be an interesting exercise, but I’d suggest that the media (big and small) today is as different as it was in 1991 as the 1991 media was from the 1944 media. And it’s the coverage during and after the campaign, not just the headlines on day one, that matter.
I don’t expect that we’d have seen stories about Mein Kampf mishandling, for instance. (Never mind that we didn’t issue Mein Kampf to Nazi prisoners.) Media criticism, especially when deserved and constructive, is a critical component of freedom. But lately we’re seeing much that isn’t at all constructive and often not deserved at all, let alone worthy of around-the-clock updates. Too much of what we see lately is simply unpatriotic in my book, and that we wouldn’t have seen in 1944. Not in the headlines, at any rate.
Speaking of 1944, I’ve also wondered why one man’s Battle of the Bulge is another man’s Tet Offensive. I believe that Legacy Media covers the military in two different manners: 1) The search for the next Pentagon Papers, and 2) The search for the next Tet Offensive.
That’s too bad. This is a large war with many fronts, and Iraq is simply one campaign in what’s going to be a long, hard struggle.