The Talking Lion

Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Misinformation Age

Good piece in the Seattle Times today on the Tillman family reaction to the army's handling of their son's death: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002291242_pitts29.html

The army may not try and label the parents who were upset that the army did not divulge the true nature of their son's death in Afghanistan (it was friendly fire, not combat with the enenmy) as unpatriotic, but I wouldn't be surprised if many Americans did. Despite the fact that it has been almost a full four years since the 9/11 attacks, there is still this sense that any criticism of the military or our aggressive foriegn policy. This country still seems to be caught up in this bizarre sort of jingoism that is part xenophobia, part ignorance and part fear.

Pitts hits the nail on the head at the end of the story when he refers to these times we live in as the "Misinformation Age." I'm not sure if he coined the term himself, but it's very appropriate for this day in age where most Americans get their current events from Fox News and conservative talk radio. People just fail to recognize these Murdoch-owned media outlets were established with the number one priority of winning the ratings battle, and thus maximizing profits, by telling people what they want to hear instead of reporting on the news.

It's just a shame that in this current political environment, the only people who can get away with criticizing the current administration on military matters are those who have had their son killed by friendly fire...

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