Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What the Military Does is Not "News Worthy" in Today's Media. Why not Support Our Troops?

I came across an interesting article about lack of suport for troops in the media.  See below:

I am sick and tired of the liberal media's "pick and choose" approach on what our military is doing. They are only concerned on what sells: blood, death, wrong doing.

What about the GOOD things that our men and women are doing in the foreign lands like Iraq and Afghanistan? What about the rebuilding of communities? The building of schools, clean wells, power plants, etc?

The military is beyond the "bomb and destroy" part of war, especially in Iraq. We are now in the rebuilding phase, similar to what we did following the aftermath of WWII. Our men and women are out there protecting and rebuilding. Is this being covered in the mainstream news like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, etc ? No it is not!


Because the story of an "iron clad" US soldier, weighted down by body armor and munitions giving a child a treat or a glass of fresh water from a new well drilled by them does not add the "shock" value the media wants. It does not sell. The media wants a shock and awe value. They are looking for the next Mei Lei massacre. Who wants to see a soldier carrying an M-16 giving an Iraqi child a piece of candy? Who? This guy and I'm sure millions of other Americans who support the US military would like to see it. But the mainstream media won't show these types of pictures/pieces.

Sadly, they know the market. That is what Americans, whether consciously or subconsciously, want. We have become numb to any "good" feeling news stories, but clamber to hear the latest "tragedy"! We want to hear the next "bad news" story to go along with all the other negative stories run by the media.

It is a vicious cycle, but one that can be stopped and reversed.

The Iraq war has been an unpopular one, on the ranks as a Vietnam war. But the folks who lose in this unpopular war and "tragedy news coverage" are the men and women who serve proudly and their supporters. This is an ALL VOLUNTEER force. Each member takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, to protect it from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. To obey the orders of the President and those appointed over him/her. They go out and do what is ordered. They do it not for glory or fame, but due to a sense of duty.

These are the top 1% of Americans. They CHOSE to serve this great country. They and their family and friends make the sacrifice of separation, hardship, and sadly, sometimes the loss of a dear one. These folks "lay it on the line" daily. Would it be too much to ask for the media and American public to portray these HEROES in a positive light? In a news story showing the GOOD they are doing. Showing the locals cheering and hugging them, appreciative of what these foreign soldiers are doing for THEM. Is that too much to ask for?  How about a little support for OUR troops.

We have enough negativity going on; unscrupulous CEOs, the downward economy, home foreclosures, and typical things like murder, rape, and robbery. So why not use the good these soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are doing to offset all the rest of the evil? Show the good these brave men and women are doing!  How about some troop support!

If you agree with what has been said - if you support our men and women who wear the uniform - if you appreciate their and their family and friend's sacrifice - if you believe that there is good in the world, then I ask you to join me in showing our support for these heroes and making a statement to the mainstream media.

Show them that we are tired of the "bad" news coverage. That we know there is good our servicemen and women are doing and we want to hear about it in the news.

Join us at a website made for the service member, the family, the friend, the supporter, and the contractor who serves. Join the site and post your comments of support. Join and show the media, that WE appreciate all that these folks do and all they have sacrificed. Support our troops with me and the rest of America!

Join us at


Scott Bowen


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