Consternative politicians and pundits have been criticizing the “liberal” media for reporting only the bad news from the war in Iraq, and ignoring the good news.
Some have gone as far as to fabricate their own good news.
These folks need to be reminded that it’s not the media’s job to make them smile, merely to report what’s going on, and that the media aren’t anti-American for airing the ugly truth about war.
So what happens when some good news does come out of Iraq? Consternatives shit all over it.
Reporter Jill Carroll, held hostage since January by Iraqi militants, was released today unharmed. Consternative journalist John Podhoretz was ecstatic:
“It’s wonderful that she’s free, but after watching someone who was a hostage for three months say on television she was well-treated because she wasn’t beaten or killed — while being dressed in the garb of a modest Muslim woman rather than the non-Muslim woman she actually is — I expect there will be some Stockholm Syndrome talk in the coming days.”
What an ass.
And when three Christian Peacemakers were recently rescued from captivity, controversial right-wing blog Red State declared, in a post called “Wasted Effort,” that the three were “ingrates” for staying true to their original views about the war after their rescue.
They did not detect sufficient gratitude in the hostages’ public statements, even though the three men likely kissed the feet of the troops who freed them.
It seems as though consternatives’ interest in good news from Iraq is highly conditional.