MSNBC accuses our soldiers of being "coached" and of being too stupid to speak for themselves.
Today, during a press conference with Scott McClellan (White House spokesman), MSNBC the White House press corps displayed their true feelings about our soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Earlier in the day, President Bush held a video question-and-answer session with some soldiers serving in Tikrit (Saddam Hussein's home town).
President Bush asked the soldiers to provide a report of the situation on the ground. The solders advised, that, while things are tough, they are going well will hopefully get better after this week's Iraqui consitutional elections.
MSNBC, apparently picking up on almost instantenous charges on radical left sites like democraticunderground and dailykoz, almost immediately began to question where or not these soldiers were "coached".
During the press conference with McClellan a couple of hours later, white house reporters simply took it on faith that the soldiers WERE "coached" and why the White House felt justified (by implication) in "lying" to the American people.
The charges were made with no first-hand sourcing, no documention, and no verification. The press didn't have anyone on the ground in Tikrit to verify that the soldiers were "coached", but that didn't matter to MSNBC and the White House Press corps.
The press, acting more as an opposition "war room" than a group charged with providing truth and context, simply parroted outrageous charges from the left with no proof, sourcing, or documention. In political campaigns, the "war room" instantly tries to discredit any statements/actions that may help the "opposition" -- whom they apparently consider to be President Bush since a vast majority of the mainstream media are liberal (and far left) Democrats. In a "war room" response, charges are levelled almost immediately in order to call into question the veracity or appropriateness of the "oppositions" claims and/or actions.
This, is apparently what happened on Thursday morning. MSNBC and the White House Press corps apparently forgot that they are supposed to be "journalists", and instead assumed the mantle of political campaign "WAR ROOM POLITICAL OPERATIVES", whose job it was to "destroy" the other side.
MSNBC and the White House Press corps apparently believe our soldiers are too stupid to (a) think for themselves and ask intelligent questions of the president, and (b) tell the truth (the truth the biased, liberal mainstream media isn't telling us) about the current situation on the ground in Iraq.
In our current media climate, the only thing that is really important is "getting the charge out". In other words, no sourcing, documention, or verification is really "necessary", as long as the target of the charges is a Republican and/or conservative.
MSNBC and the White House Press corps had no "evidence" that the soldiers President Bush spoke to had been "coached". The only "evidence" that had were the almost immediate charges that had been levelled on the radical left blog sites the mainstream media apparently frequent on a daily basis. But sourcing, documentation, and verification are not important as long as you get to make the ACCUSATION.
It is the equivalent of a divorce lawyer in a court room asking a man in the court room "So when's the last time you beat your wife?"
Even though the defendant in the divorce case may have NEVER "beat his wife", the MENTAL IMAGE of the man "beating his wife" is now "out there" and is part of the entire picture.
Similarly, even though these soldiers may not have been "coached", the fact that MSNBC and the White House Press corps ASKED about them being "coached" was enough to take focus away from what the soldier's actually SAID (which was quite positive), and onto something that "may have taken place".
Is it no wonder, then, that the public trusts these "journalists" less and less each day?