President Bush said Tuesday that Americans are losing confidence in the war in Iraq partly because the media covers only the violence, which is exactly what the insurgents want.And here's my response:
Do you agree or disagree? How do you think the media should cover the war in Iraq? Which stories do you feel are not being told? Which stories are receiving too much media attention?
Are you seriously taking a survey so we can help you decide how to "create" the news? Is it all about ratings and doing what's popular? It's your job to report the reality of what is happening, positive or negative, and without sources like you we have no basis for knowing what the truth is. It's not your job to make us feel good about ourselves (or our nation). It's not your job to sway us toward a particular political position. If good things are happening, tell us about them, but don't go looking for stories just because people ask for it. Report on the actuality of the situation in a comprehensive manner so we can see everything that is going on, good and bad. Life is complex and so are the things happening in Iraq, so let us see it all, but in proportion to the experiences of those living through it. I'm not there, so don't ask me to tell you whether that means more attention for which stories, ask those in Iraq--Iraqis from different backgrounds, soldiers, etc. Don't ask your viewers.What do you think?