Media: The Industry Of Mediocrity
My father forwarded an e-mail from a friend of his to me last month. The e-mail contains a list of well researched statistics regarding military fatalities in the past. The significance of this information reveals a plain and simple (though often ignored) fact. Pure and honest common sense observation is the nail in the media’s coffin. I don’t have to say much more for anyone to guess what I’m talking about.
During the World Wars, the people were not presented with nearly as much gruesome detail regarding conflicts as we are faced with now – and I don’t think they were nearly as divided over the issue. How interesting…that people that were less “informed” actually understood the reason behind the Wars better.
It is necessary to be given basic information. But why must our informers be so obsessed with bloodshed, chaos and immorality? We all know what happens in war. Does the media realize what a weakening and divisive effect exploiting and grossly exaggerating such events has on a nation? Perhaps they do.
If the sensitive sides of the people are discouraged and frightened by images that make the war look like a lost cause, the President and all allied with him will be slandered as having wicked or stupid intent. What does this have to do with our personal lives, you might ask? Well, who are you? Where do you come from? What do you believe? Whether you know yourself or not, you’re fair game for the world and its prince. Whose side are you on? When you trace back all the ideology and politics and statistics of the day, it matters – because you’re in it.
One division that has bothered me ever since the War began is the media’s insistence upon dividing the “War on Terror” from the “Iraq War”. Where have they been all this time? IT’S THE SAME WAR ON TERRORISM. GET OVER IT. Way too many downplay the success and victories and exaggerate the mistakes and difficulties.
If one focuses only on the upsetting and disgusting details of history, one can never appreciate the awesome Providence of GOD and the insightful plan that has been revealed throughout generations. Those of us that are redeemed should not act pitifully enslaved to sin and the fallen world (read Romans). Nothing should be falsey and sugar coated. But some decent truth would be nice.
The below statistics should relieve you of the over-advertised death tolls.
Since the start of the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan , the sacrifice has been enormous. In the time period from the invasion of Iraq in March
2003 through now, we have lost a total of 3,140 soldiers. As tragic as the loss of any soldier is, consider this: below is a list of deaths of soldiers while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2004:
FIGURES ARE CONFIRMED ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SITE
2003 1,410 534*
2004 1,887 900*
* Figures are Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom fatalities only
Does this really mean that the loss from the two current conflicts in the Middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during King Clinton’s presidency? Were we at war?
Now, are you confused when you look at these figures? I was. Especially when I saw that in 1980, during the reign of President “Nobel Peace Prize” Carter, there were 2,392 military fatalities of U.S. soldiers.
What this clearly indicates is that our media and our liberal politicians pick and choose. They choose to ignore… and NOT present the facts.
Another fact our left media and politicians like to slant is that these brave men and women losing their lives are minorities. The latest census shows the following:
European descent (white) 69.12%
African American 12.3%
Native American 1.0%
Now, the fatalities over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom are:
European descent (white) 74.31%
African American 9.67%
Native American 1.09%
Please, don’t just take my word, see for yourself:
Click here: Iraq Coalition Casualties
Click here: Gateway Pundit: US Lost More Soldiers Annually Under Clinton Than in Iraq .
Click here: Military Casualty Information
I have seen these figures before and some of you may have also. However for all of those handwringers, who are always bemoaning all the unnecessary military deaths in Iraq, because of Bush’s determination to continue the Iraqi war, I’m forwarding this information for your perusal. Please do not think that I am condoning any loss of life, military or civilian. I’m just bringing to your attention that the death of military personnel in Iraq is no greater now than it was before we became involved. The number of civilian deaths is probably lower now than they were before we went into Iraq.
Another thing I would like to mention is WMD’s. People keep saying there were none there. If that is true, then what do you call the gas etc that Saddam used on the people of Iran and Iraq that killed thousands of them?
R T H
From www.dictionary.com –
me·di·a1 /ˈmidiə/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[mee-dee-uh] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. a pl. of medium.
2. (usually used with a plural verb) the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely: The media are covering the speech tonight.
–adjective 3. pertaining to or concerned with such means: a job in media research.
—Usage note Media, like data, is the plural form of a word borrowed directly from Latin. The singular, medium, early developed the meaning “an intervening agency, means, or instrument” and was first applied to newspapers two centuries ago. In the 1920s media began to appear as a singular collective noun, sometimes with the plural medias. This singular use is now common in the fields of mass communication and advertising, but it is not frequently found outside them: The media is (or are) not antibusiness.
The internet can be a threat to some media agendas. After all, with thousands of bloggers all over the place, issues and events are being reported and discussed directly from the people. Of course, the internet can also be another outlet for the media to dominate what deserves attention and what doesn’t. There are plenty of news headlines and gossip boards set up by various manipulators that have strong influences. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears are exploited more often than even their fans (if such people still have any) can take. Oh, and how the latest “evolutionary break through” is exalted with searches and clicks.
Information has become so fast-paced, so readily accessible…so easily mutilated.
Let us start spreading some word worth talking about.
“In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity of doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.”
– Titus 2:7-8
MAY GOD BLESS,
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Thursday, October 18, 2007 – WOW!
Posted by nancysnook
Interesting statistics! Staggering, nonetheless! Great post Amanda. I agree that their all the same War just different names. My dad was in the Korean Conflict (posted on my blog under Sept 27 date) for five years he was overseas fighting and it’s still going on.
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Saturday, October 20, 2007 – Untitled Comment
Posted by BlogBoy
Wow, that was a good post! Media is SO deceiving because they have basically determined what sells. Good news doesn’t sell, bad news does.
RYC: Yep, we are now the tech team. Jodi decided it was time to move on. It should be fun!
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Thursday, October 25, 2007 – Untitled Comment
Posted by BlogBoy
Look at the banner for the post Amanda, is he just checking her hair? I’m pretty sure there is going to be something, we will see 😉