"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

What? Good News from Iraq?  

Yes it's true. There's more going on in Iraq than fighting and terrorist bombings.

Arthur Chrenkoff has posted his summary of Good News from Iraq, Part 6

You read that right: Part 6

The amount of research he puts into this is nothing short of incredible. If you're not reading his "Good News" series you're not getting the full picture of what is going on in Iraq.

Best of all, a member of the "major media" is starting to pay attention His article is also posted on the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal site.

His is the type of news that the traditional media don't usually report. The TV news is the worst (Fox included), but even the print media usually bypasses these stories in favor of the more sensational ones. In fairness, terrorist bombings are big news and deserve their headlines. When our soldiers are killed, this, too, deserves front-page coverage. But it is the lack of balance that is disturbing. If one only reads the headlines and listens or watches the top-of-the-hour newscasts, it would be easy to come to the conclusion that Iraq is nothing but chaos.

Our soldiers, allied with people back home, are doing so many good things in Iraq that are at best barely reported. For example, Helping Iraqi Schools is dedicated to helping the children of Iraq. Operation Give is another private initiative that "coordinates the collection and distribution of tows and other items for Iraqi children." And if you'd like a daily update on news and information on the War on Terror that is not all gloom-and-doom I can think of no better site than Defend America.

None of this is to say that things are not difficult in Iraq. But as Thomas Barnett points out "the I-told-you-so crowd has no answers other than leave-it-alone! and for-God-sakes-don’t-do-anything-to-piss-off-the-terrorists!"

What would we do without the Blogosphere? Well, as Arthur Chrenkoff himself says,

In many ways, it now falls to the political blogs to do the work one would expect from the mainstream media - to provide a fair and balanced picture of situation in Iraq. It's the blogs that dig up the information, disseminate it, and bring to everyone's attention the more outrageous examples of media bias or carelessness with facts. As John Leo wrote recently, "[w]hat's new about the press is that so many people who follow it with a critical eye now have an outlet to howl about inaccuracy and partisanship. The big media used to be able to shrug off critics like this. Now they can't." Amen.

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