January 30, 2007
True Support

Support the troops, appose oppose the mission? Well, I guess you can imagine how well that plays with the people actually performing the mission:

I think I'm seeing a sea change in the way the war is being reported. Cautious optimism, or at least a lack of pessimism, seems to be leaching into MSM reporting. Not enough to materially affect their bias, but it is noticeable, at least to me. Have we actually reached a (good) tipping point?

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at January 30, 2007 02:36 PM

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I thought I was the only one who was noticing this trend! (I thought the coverage of the victory for US and Iraqi forces in the battle of Najaf was reported with a positive spin) Memo to Karl Rove: Have all republicans in congress (disingenously of course)
start decrying the war. The MSM and the democrats who see Bush as the Anti-Christ (if they believed in God of course), will suddenly go into knee jerk mode and start reporting the good news as a way to stick it to the GOP.

Victory will be achieved in six months.

Posted by: brian on January 31, 2007 01:28 PM

Actually, I think this is the MSM's way of CYA. When the current "surge" inevitably fails, as most attempts by an outside power to intervene in civil wars and insurgencies througout history fail, the MSM can look back and say "See, we were fair in our reporting.

Posted by: Steve on January 31, 2007 01:51 PM

I dunno. They've been predicting and reporting failure constantly since the whole thing started. Now I'm seeing positive, "they're finally, barely, getting their act together" reports from my normally positive outlets (mostly on-site bloggers), *and* from MSM outlets. It's just a trickle, but sometimes trickles lead to floods. We'll see...

Posted by: scott on January 31, 2007 02:03 PM

Perhaps, just as likely, maybe things are being managed a bit better after the years of ineptness. I still think Bush isn't doing enough (I think we need another 50,000 troops) but I'm willing to give things a chance, if for no other reason than, failure would entail horrifying consequences for America. I've been against the war before it even started, but I also was frank in saying that I hoped I was wrong. I still want to be wrong, But I still think Bush Sr. was dead on when he didn't go in during Gulf War 1 (people find it strange that I was pro war for Gulf War 1, and anti war during the redux).

MSM media is about ratings and about viewers.

I think Bush has permitted and encouraged some unconstitutional acts and Gonzales should be kicked out of AG for claiming that Habeas Corpus is not a constitutional gaurantee. In front of Arlen Specter no less.

Anyone, Democrat, Republican, or Green, that trashes the consitution will always have my ire. And this administration has done more damage to the basic constitutional rights than any president since... Lincoln.

In fact I'm a Libertarian. And I can promise you, the Republican Party has lost my vote until they show me they are once again the party of smaller Government, and the party of the constitution.

Posted by: Mark on January 31, 2007 06:53 PM
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