With the media doing the heavy lifting for the mujahideen, the Republicans had no chance, even if they had somehow managed to grow brains and a spine in time for the election.- - - - - - - - - -
This is just a tiny snippet from a much longer article about a different subject entirely, but I couldn’t let it pass. I see too much of this in the conservative, pro-American community, that the “legacy media” (or MSM) is simply too strong for the administration — any administration — to resist.
It’s an attractive copout, but the problem is, it isn’t true. And it makes it too easy for administrations to grab the copout and use it. “What could we do?” the Bushbots whine. “The all-powerful liberal media was against us.”
If there’s one thing that Americans love, it is victory. The NYT might have bitched and whined its head off, but if Bush had piled the bodies up in Sadr City and along the borders between Iran, Syria, and Iraq, and done a Serbia on the towers of Tehran and Damascus until the Mullahs and the Baathists screamed for mercy, he’d still be running approval ratings in the high eighties.
The power of the legacy media didn’t remove Bush’s spine. Bush’s lack of spine empowered the legacy media.
Bill, I grant you your point. We all would have loved to have seen boot applied to fundament in Fallujah, and many other places.
But the question is: Why is Bush such a wimp? Why didn’t he just go ahead and get the job done?
Could it be that he’s afraid of the reaction of New York Times and CNN, just like every other politician?
If so, it still makes my point about the power of the MSM, as filtered through our elected leaders’ fear.
We won’t know who’s right, you or me, until a Republican president finally cleans some Muslim clocks. Then we can find out if it helps him politically.
Until then, we’re just guessing.