After going through a minor production to upgrade my cable system so that I get Logo, the gay and lesbian TV network, I only have a few minutes to write before the Democrats’ debate which I will be live-blogging.
I had hoped to devote more time to a post on the Beauchamp incident because, I believe, it’s one of the most important media stories of the year. Perhaps, when I have more time next week, I may do a subsequent post and consider some of the issues I didn’t address here. Or at least supply links to posts by other bloggers who have addressed them better than I could. A number, including the Weekly Standard‘s Michael Goldfarb, Hugh Hewitt‘s Dean Barnett and Confederate Yankee‘s Bob Owens (among others) have done a great job covering this matter.
In short, this story just adds to the accumulating pile of evidence of the eagerness of media outlets to publish (or broadcast) stories which fit with the narrative they wish to tell without adequately vetting them. Think Dan Rather/Mary Mapes and the National Guard Memos.
And it shows the role blogs are playing in correcting errors in the mainstream media and opinion journalism.
Don Surber, a blogger/columnist, who joins the aforementioned bloggers in his excellent coverage of l’affaire Beauchamp wonders why there is a market for lies such as those of this dishonest soldier (Via Instapundit).
In the eagerness of the media elite to report on U.S. atrocities, they neglect stories of those committed by our enemies:
few in the press picked up on how atrocities committed by the terrorists are turning off Iraqis and causing dissension in the enemy’s ranks.
It is in this way like Vietnam, when the atrocities of the Hanoi army were ignored, while the crimes of our soldiers were overhyped.
At a time when our nation is at war, too many in the media seem ever eager to paint a negative picture of our armed forces. Perhaps, they’re not really suspicious of the troops, they just believe they act worse when helping enforce the misguided policies of a Republican commander-in-chief.
The New Republic might well have found a soldier less critical of the government’s policies had it sought a diarist to report on military life in a war declared by a Democratic president.
In short, this is just one more example of media bias. Failing to vet a story because it so easily fit their narrative. Getting that “story” right trumped confirming its facts.