|One of the nice things about this blog is that both the author and those who comment can say anything they please. There is no censorship. But I will disagree sometimes with comments I regard as outrageous. Two have come in recently, both from persons who remain "anonymous," as is their right.|
Early this morning, someone commented, "RE: Why the news media wants the United States military to fail.
"Because," the respondent writes, "the news media is made up of failures who hate--HATE--success. And if a few military personnel get killed, so much the better. The news media is made up of draft dodgers and traitors to the United States of America."
This is horseshit. The leading journalists in America are not failures, they are successes, with, in many cases, handsome salaries.
As for "draft dodgers and traitors," I know many people at The Los Angeles Times and other media who have served proudly in the military, whose children are serving, and who have rooted for the United States (and usually Britain and other allies) in numerous wars.
Just for the record, Times editor Frank Sotomayor's son, an Army company commander, served 15 months in Baghdad in dangerous transportation and supply assignments, winning a medal for bravery in a combat situation in the process. My own son, a Lieutenant JG in the Navy, decided to go into the service two days after 9-11. He is assigned presently in Washington. Both young men are well educated and have held non-military employment. They didn't have to go in to the military, but they did.
Even many Times colleagues who have been critical of the Iraq invasion by the U.S. military, which is their right as citizens of a free country, still admire our troops. I never heard anyone at the paper celebrate in any way when hearing that a U.S. soldier was killed.
This said, I do think that often news personnel tend to be pessimists, don't appreciate sufficiently that war is a long drawn out process, marked by many mistakes and disappointments. The big newspapers were often prematurely downhearted in the Civil War and other conflicts in our history, so present downheartedness is not new.
I think, as I said in an earlier blog, that it's important for all who work for newspapers and other media to realize that if the nation's enemies win in this situation the impact on American freedoms and traditions could be devastating. The press, as much as any institution in American life, relies on our freedoms as the very basis of its own livelihood.
Also, sometime ago, I had a message from another anonymous person who made the statement that The Times covers local news "only west of La Brea."
This is utter bunk, as anyone picking up any copy of The Times can establish for him or herself each day.