In One Cheer for the MSM: The media may be biased, but even they support the troops, Peggy Noonan makes the case that, despite obvious Liberal bias in many cases, not only is Mainstream Media not biased against the soldiers or the military, they actively support them.
And it’s not just the media types that have warm fuzzies for our men and women in uniform, Peggy says.
One of the great and historic things about this war is that whatever you think of it, justified or not, the right decision or not, no one–no one–has decided it is right to emotionally abandon the fighters in the field. This, as we know, is different from what happened in Vietnam, when a generation of those who served were given in response the distanced disrespect of a certain portion of our country. Everyone feels bad about that, and should. But amazingly enough we seem to have learned from it. Almost everyone knows–and the very small number who don’t know at least know enough to go off and be quiet–that the men and women on the field are fighting for us, serving us, that they are putting themselves in harm’s way with courage, that they deserve to be patronized by no one, that they deserve honor from all.
Someone check Peggy’s television. Is she watching the news or an old 1950s war movie re-run on TBS?
There’s no doubt that the widespread public scorn for our servicemen and -women has not approached the levels seen during Vietnam and its aftermath. But that isn’t for a lack of trying.
I don’t think it’s the media and anti-war types that “seem to have learned from” Vietnam. I think it’s John Q. Public that learned. Learned that they had been duped and learned that so much of the unpatriotic rhetoric is nothing but empty lies. Americans have learned enough to recognize that Iraq, no matter how much it is suggested otherwise, is no Vietnam. Americans have learned that, just like you cannot always trust the President, you cannot always trust the President’s critics.
The public mood toward our soldiers is far, far different than that of Vietnam. But the coverage by the media and the actions of the critics are not quite so far removed. It’s just that very few are buying it.