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June 15, 2005

MSM blamed for low military recruitment

From Agape Press:

According to figures released recently by the Department of Defense, the active Army only reached 75 percent of its recruiting goals in May. And among the Reserve components, only the Air Force Reserve met its recruiting quota last month. Some observers are blaming the shortfall of recruits on biased reporting in the mainstream media. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson is one of those who say the left-leaning media must shoulder much of the blame.

"I point the finger -- not at the military, not at the administration -- but at the mainstream media, who continues to hound on and to berate Abu Ghraib and the false 'Koran-flushing' story and anything else they can get their hands on that denigrates the military," Patterson says. "I blame our large-scale media for the fact that we cannot now recruit our troops in significant strengths."

Gary Bauer of American Values agrees, saying the mainstream media "can barely hide their glee" that the U.S. military is having trouble filling its ranks. "If you are an 18-year-old American watching the news, you seldom, if ever, hear about a heroic U.S. soldier who rescues a wounded comrade, captures a terrorist thug or saves the lives of civilians -- even though those things are happening every day," Bauer observes....

"But all we see on the news are stories highlighting the inevitable mistakes, blunders and setbacks of war," he laments, adding that the liberal media views the recruitment difficulties as just "one more piece of evidence" that the war in Iraq is "illegitimate and a failure."

"The amazing thing isn't that there is a recruitment shortfall," Bauer concludes. "The amazing thing is that with such a hostile media culture and the universal disdain of our elites, the American military, as it always has, is getting the job done."

So far when the MSM has failed to do their job, the Blogosphere has taken up the slack. I think we're failing in this regard. While reports of what is really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan abound, too few criticisms of the MSM's biased coverage are surfacing. They like to shine their spotlight when and here they choose, we need to shine our spotlight more intensely on them.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 15, 2005 07:02 AM

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