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Different presidents, different (media) standards

Over at Commentary Contentions, Michael Rubin contrasts the media reaction to the actions of a handful of U.S. soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison to the murderous shooting spree conducted by one soldier recently in Afghanistan:

The reaction to Abu Ghraib was too often cheap, as pundits and partisans sought to ascribe guilt up to and including President Bush and Vice President Cheney. In the aftermath of the Afghanistan shooting, some Republicans criticized Obama for apologizing—but were roundly and rightly castigated by other Republicans.

That so many sought to transform the evil occurrences at Abu Ghraib into a partisan whip with which to flog Bush was wrong.

The military, as Rubin reminds us, has launched an investigation into the actions at the Iraqi prison before the media got wind of the story.  (Read the whole thing; it’s short.)

In both cases, a rogue American service member (or members) committed atrocities, evil in their own right and damaging to the U.S. national interest.  In neither case had the president ordered (or the military countenanced) the actions.  And yet there wasn’t the same media frenzy for the more recent barbarity.

Wonder why that is.



  1. Because from the begining, the only plan the democrats have had for the middle east is to lose. This current story fits the narrative and further proves democrats right in their aims.

    It’s especially ironic when you realize that democrats are directly resposible for more death and destruction than has been necessary in the middle east.

    Comment by Richard Bell — March 20, 2012 @ 9:39 am - March 20, 2012

  2. Also remember: according to the media, under the Bush administration, the actions of every single soldier in the field were determined and signed off by the White House, specifically Bush and Cheney. There were no mistakes or errors or bad judgments made by individual soldiers; it was all Bush and Cheney.

    Now, under Baraka, nothing is ever the President’s fault.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 20, 2012 @ 11:49 am - March 20, 2012

  3. Same thing with the a recent human rights group that reported that the US was still sending Afghan detainees to facilities that used torture three months after the US said it wouldn’t do that anymore.

    This from the local liberal rag. Notice the lack of comments on this article.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — March 20, 2012 @ 11:49 am - March 20, 2012

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  5. Well, the reason the press could and successfully tie Abu Ghraib to Bush and Cheney was Rumsfeld’s role as SecDef. Rummy, also equally loathed by the press and the left, was known always pictured in conjunction with the photos of prisoners on all fours, leashed like dogs, etc. The most vile pictures out of the bunch were always shown in tandem with pictures of Rummy.

    Now, I have seen a few photos of the aftermath and certainly photos of the Army SGT…but I have yet to see a link to Panetta, a photo of Panetta in the same article, or any discussion of the administration’s belief that this (OEF) was the “good war.” If you are walking by and see a copy of the NYT, during Abu Ghraib, it was always a leading story and you could not see those photos without the pictures of the Bush admin. Without reading the print, your brain just registered that association.

    The press cannot highlight the failures of leadership in this case because the Commander and Chief (as a candidate and senator) said OEF was the good war to fight. The Army SGT in question is there because the C and C ordered the plus up…but let’s not let facts get in the way of articles above the fold.

    Thus, one can conclude that the press will spin this that this is Bush’s fault as well, since this Army SGT deployed 3 times to Iraq, which was the “bad war” and a result of Bush lying to revenge his daddy.

    Comment by hellocat — March 20, 2012 @ 4:12 pm - March 20, 2012

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