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TV Executives Do Not Believe We Are Really At War

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Submitted by L. J. Meyer (United States), Aug 3, 2005 at 09:44

As always, your insightful and thoughtful writing carries the day. The problem is that most people in the media, including the major television networks and newspapers, do not really believe that we are at war.

They sort of believe in a mushy-minded way that the Texas cowboy George W. Bush has irresponsibly and stupidly led us into Iraq, and that this is the "root cause" of current terrorism. The September 11th attacks for them are a distant memory, somehow.

The people in charge of the mainstream media today see the world through the template of their youth in the 1960's and 1970's: Civil Rights (what the Palestinians are really on about, after all), Watergate (Rovegate will no doubt dwarf the sins of Richard Nixon, and ultimately bring down Bush), and the Vietnam War (the parallels to the current Iraq "quagmire" are unmistakable).

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