CORRECTION: MSNBC and CNBC politically censor pro-victory/anti-defeatism ads about Iraq by Freedom Watch (not Iraq Vets For Freedom). Olbermanization of MSNBC and CNBC.
So-called "mainstream" media show their real faces of partisanship. Yet they still wonder why such large portions of the public don't "trust" them.
In a recently-launched public-education campaign to counter American Self-Defeatists by changing the polls in order to change the behavior of poll-worshiping politicians, Freedoms Watch began releasing commercials and arranging media contacts for spokesmen urging politicians to repudiate political pressures to pull out of Iraq or to try to limit or end the surge. Now that their educational campaign seems to be making headway in the minds of "independents" and "middle-of-the-roaders" and thereby also making headway in changing "poll" results in the direction of being more supportive of the "surge" and less supportive of the self-defeatists' positions, two cable "news" networks have refused to broadcast ads by Freedoms Watch (not ads by Iraq Vets for Freedom-- see "CORRECTION" note at end of this commentary-- but it's nevertheless just as noteworthy in light of the fact that the "Freedoms Watch" ads feature Iraq veterans and members of their families as well as surviving members of families of veterans who died in Iraq). (Hat-Tip to Bryan Preston at HotAir.Com.)
These are not malicious ads. They're pro-victory/anti-defeatism ads. It's difficult to imagine how MSNBC and CNBC could manifest their partisanship in opposition to the surge more clearly than by their rejection of these ads. They've thereby again exposed their true faces to the American people. The focus of additional media attention on such efforts by MSNBC and CNBC to heavy-handedly exercise editorial political judgment in order to shape the public debate in accordance with their views on the subject ought to prompt a rude awakening among "independents" and "middle-of-the-roaders" previously beguiled by the anti-victory attitude of the so-called "mainstream" media.
These networks previously had no compunction against broadcasting ads not-so-tacitly implying it to be within George Bush's power to "stop" the "genocide" in Darfur and that unless he were to do so, his inaction would be evidence of his moral callousness. These networks previously had no compunction against broadcasting anti-Bush ads by "Vote Vets," "MoveOn.Org" and others. Their rejections of the Freedoms Watch ads (not Vets for Freedom ads) just show what transparently partisan hypocrites they are. Yet they're probably first in line to ask why it is that such a large portion of the public doesn't "trust" the so-called "mainstream" media.
Note from Jim Wrenn on August 29, 2007, re "CORRECTION": Please accept my apology for my error in identifying the rejected ads as those of "Vets for Freedom" rather than "Freedoms Watch." I hereby express my thanks to Vets for Freedom for having brought this error to my attention, and I hope they will likewise accept my apology for my error. And, of course, I also apologize to Freedoms Watch for my error.
--Jim Wrenn, Editor at WrennCom.Com. Also Editor at PoliSat.Com, where the satire is always commentary but the commentary isn't always satire.
Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.
After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.
Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.