Former Bob Dole press secretary Douglas McKinnon should know better than to slam the media for demoralizing the troops. Actually, I think he does know better, for he can't seem to decide whether the villain is "liberals" or "Democrats" or members of "the media" or some combination of the three, and he can't even pin down whether "many" in the media or "some" in the media are responsible. But this only compounds his sin. And saying that these ethereal villains "gleefully" demoralize American soldiers compounds it further. Being both a liberal and, I guess, a medium for information to get from one place to another, I would challenge anyone who reads this blog to find the "glee" in it. The word "glee," according to my Random House Unabridged, comes from an Old Norse word meaning "glow," and means "open delight or pleasure; exultant joy; exultation." It should be obvious to any reasonable person that, no matter how witty I try to be at any given moment, the current state of the world leads me not to "exultation" but to misery.
And Mr. McKinnon's analysis is also mercifully free from the bonds of verifiable evidence. How many "negative" stories from the war front does he prove false? How many "negative" stories does he prove are poorly-contextualized by the media, even? How many unreported or underreported boons coming out of the Iraq war does he cite? How many journalists or Senators or other liberals has he caught in a state of rapturous "glee" about the demoralization of American troops? How many examples does he provide of the "ingrained contempt" for the military supposedly shared by "many liberals" in the "Democratic Party" and/or "the media"? And how many soldiers serving in Iraq does he quote expressing their demoralization because of what this ever-shifting nexus of "liberals" and "Democrats" and "the media" has allegedly done? If you answered "not a damn one" to each of the above questions, you win the right to consider yourself a reasonable human being.
The right wing's whining about "hurting the troops by opposing the war" is beyond insulting. The Republicans control the Presidency. The Republicans control the Senate. The Republicans control the House. The Republicans answer to their corporate paymasters, who control the media. And the Democrats also currently reside outside the reality-based community; how else to explain why it took their leadership two weeks to support John Murtha's call for withdrawal? Very soon there'll be no one left for the Republicans to blame but us -- the uppity citizenry, with the temerity to question Our Great Leader and His Golden Gut.