Ever feel like you are screaming into the void, echoooooooooo chamber.
Last night Rumsfeld gave voice to what we in the blogosphere have known all along. And what I have been contending (or shrieking as those lefties that loathe me like to say) on this blog for a year. Read my banner. It's the war of the worlds and the hearts and minds of the American people is at the core of victory. WE MUST BUILD ANOTHER SUPER HIGHWAY OF INFORMATION, OF FACT, TRUTH.
It's why me and most of the other bloggers I know do what we are doing. Believe me I'd rather be dancing.
RUMSFELD: TO WIN WE MUST FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO MSM
Judith Apter Klinghoffer
Last night Donald Rumsfeld went on Charlie Rose show and told him in as straight forward a manner as he could that Al Qaeda, with its highly coordinated and sophisticated media apparatus, has been successful in getting MSM to help them fight their war against the West. As the current war on Islamism is asymmetric, Rumsfeld further argued, it cannot be won on the ground by soldiers, but must be won in the hearts and minds of the soldiers' homeland. Hence, unless the US government and its allies find an effective way to counter Al Qaeda's successful use MSM, the West will lose the war with Islamism.
Rose retorted that there was nothing new in Al Qaeda's attempt to use MSM. The Nazis did the same thing. Nor was he concerned by the prospect of Islamist victory or by the possibility that the media may be helping make such a victory possible. What caught his attention was Rumsfeld's argument that to secure victory the American government must find a way to compete, if not totally supplant, MSM as a source of public information.
"Do you believe the American media is doing a bad job?" he asked waxing lyrical about reporters risking their lives to tell the story. "Isn't this simply a case, as Pulitzer Prize winner David Halberstam argues, of shooting the messenger?" After all, how could a mere American Secretary of Defense have a gall to argue with a Pulitzer prize winner?!
Trying to deliver a message while doing as little to antagonize as possible, Rumsfeld did not bother to remind him that Walter Duranty also won a Pulitzer for misreporting on both the Moscow Trials and the Ukrainian famine. Nor did Rumsfeld remind him of the less than glorious media record in exposing Nazi atrocities or its role in stalking the fires of isolationism in the US. Instead, Rumsfeld reminded Rose of the more recent CNN admission of its deliberate decision not to reports the truth about the vile nature of Saddam's regime. That was wrong, Rose admitted but, he added, Jordan has since left CNN. Of course, Jordan was no exception and the recent CNN failure to show the controversial Muhammad cartoons for fear of endangering its reporters in the Muslim world demonstrates just how easy it is to terrorize the media. Of course, CNN is far from unique. Just read the open letter sent by the Malaysian investigative reporter to the Australian SBS TV which chose to add fuel to the ongoing Islamist stalked fire by airing additional photos of the old Abu Ghraib atrocity but failed to show the Muhammad cartoons. Terrorism, as Rumsfeld explained, aims at getting one to change his/her behavior.
But can you point to an actual military harm done by MSM, Charlie asked. Yes. Rumsfeld retorted. The recent publication of the American ability to monitor Al Qaeda communications with its American contact caused real damage. This Rose tried to dismiss with a knowing smile: "Surely, they knew we were listening?" Not really, Rumsfeld replied, the reporting led Al Qaeda operatives to change their behavior. You mean in the manner the reporting about our ability to listen in on Bin Laden's satellite phone did? Rose asked. Precisely, Rumsfeld answered. Rose Quickly changed the subject.
Do I believe this interview will alter Rose's reporting or the behavior of the MSM? Not a chance. Still, this interview is important. Along with Socrates and Rumsfeld, I believe that questions are more important than answers. Once posed, answers are invariably found. Rumsfeld asks how can Western governments bypass MSM and thereby secure victory in the war with Islamists. I trust somebody will come up with the appropriate answer. Clearly the sooner its done, the shorter this 'long war" will be. In the meantime, we, members of the alternative media, must double our efforts. Luckily, we have Jihadists own mistakes to help us hold the line.
UPDATE: Speaking of which. The New York waste of Times masochistically masturbates here;
That Which We Call a Blog...
New York Times
Blogs versus the "MSM"? As it becomes harder to differentiate between blogs and the mainstream media, look for the real confrontation to be journalism versus armchair yammering.
Wow, I didn't know the New York
SLIME Times had armchairs in their offices.......