US JOURNALISM ON THE
MORTUM FOR WAR COVERAGE
||This military campaign...has
reached a level of dangerous stupidity...as long as this nation
is at war the truth can no longer be considered an absolute
It is an embarrassing
time to be a commentator on current events,bludgeoned beneath a miserable
torrent of opportunists reduced to regurgitating fascist blather for
network dollars in a twenty-four hour a day propagandized abortion of
reporting. It is the kind of demented philosophizing that has expensive
messengers shamelessly cheerleading and reasoned dissention reduced
to a treasonous anathema.
This military campaign, and the circus of television madness it has
wrought, has reached a level of dangerous stupidity that even my most
painfully cynical paranoia would not have dared conjure. I knew the
idea of true journalism had been fatally wounded years ago, but to parade
this rotting corpse out onto cable waves incessantly is, at the least,
criminally insane and at its worst a terminally damaging exercise in
Every moment we continue to broadcast foggy glimpses of this fairytale,
to what is left of the American psyche, we are perpetuating an electronic
form of generational genocide that will have our children thinking how
they are expected to think, and believing what they are told to believe.
I also know that this is wartime personified, but now it isupdated by
the minute when there is nothing to update. It is editorialized when
there is no actual fact to support it, and it is politicized when the
debate sounds like the final gurgle of a bleeding animal hunted down
by brainless thugs who elicit joy from massacring helpless creatures
to compensate for desperately failed images of an angered God. Know
this, if you know anything about what is slowly happening to the social
landscape of this country, as long as this nation is at war, the truth
can no longer be considered an absolute. It is a concept to be manipulated
and raped and put on display for those with agendas to dance around
like savages soliciting rain.
When did the news become only relevant through itsinterpretation? How
many more of us have to endure the following extremist definitions:
People protesting for peace hate America and wish death upon every kid
enlisted in the Armed Forces or those who support the foreign policy
of the present administration are kill-crazed white supremacists ridding
the planet of Muslim scum and colonizing a perfectly structured nation.
This may be the collective delusion of retired Birchers jerking off
to old Joseph McCarthy speeches while kicking in the heads of their
deviant teenaged brats, and may be all the rage for granola-addled burnouts
needing something resembling Vietnam to allow them to appear passionate
to the dates their trying to screw, but is it news? Is it disseminating
moments that make up an historical record? Perhaps I'm mistaken. Maybe
it's all right now to have news anchors wearing American flag pins and
going on and on about "we" and "us" and frowning
over video of burning buildings. Apparently it is now considered responsible
journalism to prop up military fossils in front of mapsand reduce carnage
and death to a game of Risk. Perhaps I missed the rule changes in allowing
events to unfold under their own momentum. Now we predict and re-predict,
and when it turns around, we blurt out barely confirmed abuses of rumor
and pass it off as competitive reporting.
I think I see it now. We need news channels run like a Don King Promotion
promising "Shock and Awe" and co-opting terms like "embedded"
to increase the excitement and ratings, then after a few days wonder
when the good stuff starts because the numbers are dipping. People are
dying all over the place, and the entire composition of the Middle East
is being challenged by the day, and all we care about is who is the
most watched coverage of this thing, and wow, look at this fantastic
technology we've got going here!
Then there are the skewered perceptions born of clumsy propaganda. Let
me make sure I've got this straight, if the press questions the Pentagon's
operation it is a blatant insurrectionist movement against the American
spirit of freedom and an endangerment of the troops? We're talking about
the same Pentagon that has stood as a monument of chronic disinformation
since its inception. The Pentagon is always "on track." They're
always "on plan", but journalists are killing our brave boysand
girls stuck in the desert with horrible queries like why the hell did
the military decide to rush through the Iraqi countryside in three days,
woefully stretching the supply lines and failing to fully control cities
and baring its flank?
Meanwhile these uniformed marionettes stand before the pack-rat laziness
that passes for the eyes and ears of the American people and act surprised
a pathetically out-manned rag-tag mafia of frothing religious maniacs
fight dirty to defend land they believe was bartered directly from Allah?
I expect Donald Rumsfeld to act like this is business as usual. He is
a festering boil on this wildly moronic fantasy machine. He is a puppet,
a mouthpiece, and he knew less about Iraqi resistance or the Republican
Guard than the Central Intelligence Agency that has failed thiscountry
once again. What I don't expect is for anyone to take a damn thing this
strutting ass has to say as anything approaching fact. And neither do
I expect anything representing a doomed regime to utter even a slice
of newsworthy commentary.
Of course whatever is left of the Iraqi government is going to pump
out militaristic tripe and pass it off as news, but do we have to acknowledge
it? It is getting harder to control these violent retching attacks every
time I see another Iraqi diplomat using airtime denying 30 years of
human atrocities as if it is merely a cultural divide between the Zionist
Western establishment and Islamic law.
And this latest pandering of Iraqi television by Peter Arnett to gain
access to Saddam Hussein is so off the charts wretched it bares discussion
not as a matter of national security, but of journalistic integrity.
If the Iraqis had any guts they'd shoot that miserable bastard in the
head and put his severed head on Al Jazeera. It is equivalent to FOXNEWS
anchors using "the good guys" rhetoric to suck up to the Pentagon
and the current administration to cull better access on this end. This
type of grandstanding is also used by those on the inside, like the
generals conning the Washington Post to rip other military leaders for
going with plans differing from their own. Not to mention that self-aggrandizing
turd, Geraldo Rivera who is the most glaring example of phony journalism
since that insufferable windbag Rush Limbaugh.
In a few days this invasion will be over and we'll all get back to covering
celebrity divorces and political dalliances. That suits the medium better
© James Campion April 4th 2003
Campion On 'The War in Truth'
is no way the radical Muslim hatred of the US will be any worse or lessened
in the wake of this invasion. We are dealing with thousands of years
of religion fanaticism..'
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