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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

You can't spell `Media' without `I' `E' `D'

The military's recruiting woes wouldn't be so woeful if there wasn't a danged free media, says Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing, the chief of Naval personnel, during the now-ongoing hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

Says Hoewing: ``All the negative images on t.v.'' are turning Americans against military service -- particularly those Americans like parents, teachers and coaches who play sensitive roles in the lives of America's recruitment demographic. In case the message wasn't clear enough, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Roger Brady added that Iraq has produced ``a barrage of negative press.''

Apparently it's a problem that parents, teachers and coaches want their youngsters to stay alive.

Cornhuskerblogger is no anti-military kook. The U.S. Armed Forces are stacked to the gills with hard working, patriotic and honest men and women who are in uniform for the noblest reasons. The problem is a fish rots from the head down. Years of using the troops as a redwhite&blue backdrop coupled by attempts to slash their benefits, prolong their tours of duty and put them in harm's way in the service of a LIE have taken a serious toll on the military.

I guess this must be Clinton's problem?

5 Comments:

Blogger PoppieProng said...

it is of course clinton's problem, just like it wasn't clinton's military that worked so well.

;)

7/19/2005 12:46 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

``We think the news is skewed, for selling newspapers, for being on tv, whatever the reasons might be,'' said Lt. General Frank Hagenback.

Do these people have no shame? The media didn't choose this war, save for FoxNews. I need to up my meds...

7/19/2005 12:52 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

Nice page :)

7/19/2005 1:51 PM  
Blogger Clutch said...

While the Admiral has a mouth big enough to park a battleship in he does have a point. There are a great deal of stories that show the good that our troops are doing, but do we hear about them? Many or the media outlets here in the U.S. are just run like any other bussiness, whatever it takes to boost ratings, i.e. if it bleeds, it leads. Of course they only will try to 'sell' what they think the public wants and that is 'shock and awe'. If the people on the left want to affect change, then turn off the damn television and reach out to your countrymen thru other ways like say...the internet?

7/19/2005 2:20 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

re: clutch's fine point - if it bleeds, it leads no doubt. the criticisms of the press now are eerily parallel to jibes made 40 years ago i think. but there is something about the nature of news coverage -- if the sun rises and sets on schedule providing sun bathers and crops alike with golden rays, that's not news. if it blows up, that is. balance is key of course.

7/19/2005 3:08 PM  

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