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Demise of Mainstream Media, Situation in Iraq

Monday, 08 August 2005 12:00 AM

The death of ABC's Peter Jennings finalizes a revolution in the so-called Mainstream Media's evening news line-up. One year ago, all three networks were dominated by their longtime news anchors: Jennings at ABC, Tom Brokaw at NBC and the dean, Dan Rather, at CBS.

While Brokaw had already announced his retirement, the de facto firing of Dan Rather over his biased report on GW Bush's National Guard service ended Rather's reign at CBS; no successor has yet been named as CBS News struggles to find a

Network news anchors have become dinosaurs.

They are a thing of the past.

The idea that we need

Quite simply, the American people don't need to wait until 6:30 p.m. to get their dose of news; they can and do get it all during the day through a number of sources.

Rather, Brokaw and Jennings were all hopelessly liberal; they all were always arrogant pontificators who made millions of dollars per year manipulating the news, keeping stories off the air that they didn't want us to hear and – ultimately – driving down their own ratings through their monopoly of the news.

The market – the viewers, readers and listeners – have all turned to other sources of news. And the Big Three's ratings continue to dive every month.

The news business will never be the same again. Diversity – the liberals' favorite concept – has overtaken their own business! And they can't stand it!

Too bad.

General John Abizaid recently told a reporter off the record that we cannot win in Iraq by militarily defeating the insurgency; the best we can do is to keep things at a standstill until the Iraqi political situation settles down.

That is

This, of course, is a prescription for disaster.

Military leaders who brown-nose the politicians – instead of telling the cold, hard truth no matter how unattractive it may be – are a disgrace to their uniform.

The plain facts of the Iraq venture are becoming clearer by the minute: The fundamentalist Muslims – with whom we are at war and have been since November 4, 1979, when they overran our Embassy in Iran and seized the hostages – are taking over the government in Iraq and are under the thumb of Tehran. In fact, the new Iraqi draft constitution reduces women's rights and mandates that Sharia, the Islamic law, become the law of the land.

So, our entire Iraq adventure may end up resulting in the removal of Saddam (a decidedly good thing) and the imposition of a fundamentalist Islam state in alliance with our arch-enemy and charter member of the Axis of Evil, Iran (a very, very bad thing).

This is why the Bush administration is now leaking reports of possible future troop withdrawals from Iraq. Ten days ago we were told we might see 60,000 troops withdrawn next spring or summer.

Then, this past week, we were 'told' they might remove 30,000 by next spring.

These leaks are because of GW Bush's awful poll ratings: 50 percent of the American people think he is "not honest or trustworthy" and 56 percent think he is "cocky and arrogant." Only 42 percent think he is doing a good job; and on Iraq, only 38 percent approve of his performance.

With all his domestic plans stalled in the Congress, the president's entire legacy has been reduced to one thing: what happens in Iraq. If it becomes a flourishing democracy, then all will be judged a success.

But if it descends into an annex of the Iranian ayatollahs, then GW Bush will be judged as one of the biggest flops in American history.

He will have taken a golden opportunity after 9/11 – a moment to unite the world for positive change – and squandered it.

While the jury is still out, the trend line is all downward over there.

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