The terrorist Zarqawi’s corpse isn’t even cold and AOL decides to replace its news story announcing the death of this top terrorist with a headline about the pessimistic views of the father of a man murdered by the now-dispatched Zarqawi. Michael Berg doesn’t
“see any good coming from al-Zarqawi’s death.” So much does this man hate Bush that he can’t appreciate the importance of the death of the man responsible for countless murders, including that of his own son.
The U.S. scores a major victory in the war in Iraq, indeed, in the War on Terror and AOL focuses on one angry man’s narrow view. This is the guy who blamed President Bush for the murder of his son and not the man who, in all likelihood, wielded the murder weapon. As our troops score a major victory, certain to dishearten an already increasingly disheartened enemy, AOL highlights a piece about a man with a severe case of Bush Derangement Syndrome.
It’s sad that within minutes of announcing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death, the network morning shows were already carrying criticism of the Bush administration. Not only did NBC invite Sen. Joe Biden so he could attack Bush incompetence (funny day for that!)
It’s transparent stuff like this, of course, that gets them accused of spinning war news to make things look worse than they are, and to hurt Bush. Because, you know, that’s what they do, every day. It’s just more noticeable at times like this.
The MSM may not be able to ignore this good news, but they are certainly going to do everything in their power to downplay it.
UPDATE (@ 4:20 EST): AOL has since changed its news lead on its Welcome Page back to an article on the successful U.S. airstrike which took out this terrorist.
UP-UPDATE: At Lifelike Pundits, Aaron offers a tribute to those who helped dispatch this terrorist thug to the darkest circles of hell — and points out that the murderer had been living in Iraq prior to the American liberation of that once Stalinist nation. Read the whole thing!
UP-UP-UPDATE: Over at Real Clear Politics,Tom Bevan finds that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune “seems able to muster only a bare minimum of enthusiasm and unable to focus, even for a single day, on the hugely positive aspects of Zarqawi’s death.” (Via Powerline.)
UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Hugh has more on the media’s defeatism even in the wake of this significant victory. Not only did we take out the leader of the enemy forces in Iraq (and a leader in the worldwide terrorist movement), but we also captured a treasure trove of intelligence while providing a moral boost to our troops. And encouraged other “insurgents” to cooperate with the U.S. military and provide further tips. The war may not be over, but we’re in a much stronger position than we were five days ago.
Rather than attempt to summarize all the links to the downbeat reports Hugh provides, I’ll just encourage you to read the whole thing!!