Ma Deuce Gunner

Ma Deuce Gunner


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Newsweek's Exemplary "Faux Pas"

The blunder of Newsweek's May 09 report of US military desecrating the Koran has sparked riots, looting, and death across the Arabic sphere of influence. Seemingly biased and wholly irresponsible "journalism" is to blame for the unrest of late, which stretches from Egypt to India.

It seems to me that Newsweek, who is a MAJOR player in the world stage of "Mainstream News Media Theatre," to say the least, was following the script of the left-leaning press corps. Such acts as defacing any religion's "holy" text or scripture is distasteful to most civil persons, religious affilitation not-withstanding. Such acts by individuals or small extremist groups are inflammatory, and abhorrent by an arm of government. Because of the explosive nature of this subject, and the spin that could be applied against the current administrations policies and goals in the current War on Terror, Newsweek seemed to jump at the chance to publish an article without checking out the source.

By reporting so irresponsibly, Newsweek cost lives, time, money, and added momentum to the undermining of the US presence in the Middle East. Afghanistan has had the largest protests, with tens of thousands taking to the streets, burning our flag, chanting anti-American slogans, rioting, and looting.

I believe Newsweek was attempting to ride the last little ebb of the "Abu Ghraib Scandal" tidal wave that shook the world. Headlines resembling "Prisoner Abuse Scandal at Iraq Prision" come across to the layman as "Americans are heartless, torturing mongrels whose only aim is world domination." I think that Newsweek's aim was to accomplish what they did. Did they intend for life to be lost over irresponsible reporting. I doubt it. Did they intend to inflame the Muslim world against the US?? You bet.

The American MSM (MainStream Media) and the majority of the rest of the world's news outlets (Reuters, BBC, CNN International) daily vilify, but not in an overt fashion, the Coalition of the Willing's effort to stamp out terrorism throughout the world.

I believe that if you control what "the people" read and hear, you control what "the people" think. If all that is reported is prisioner abuse and murder of innocents by a handful of "bad apples," then "the people" will inevitably come to the conclusion that all American soldiers are godless, evil, murderous thugs. This, I assure you, is not the case.

Newsweek has since retracted the story under pressure from the Bush Administration and numerous other groups.

Does saying "I take it back" resolve the issue? No. I equate it to releasing poison into the atmosphere. The toxic lies have permeated the globe, and their repercussions will be lasting and devastating. Lives, homes, businesses, and to an extent, international relations have been shattered or strained.

I can recommend no course of action except for one. Foremost, we as soldiers, must act and fight with dignity and respect towards our enemy. Does that mean not kill him when he threatens? Absolutely not. Does that mean dehumanizing your enemy? No. It means that we should meet threats with resolve and determination, but do it in an honorable way. Only by fighting a clean fight will we have a chance to show the rest of the world that we are involved in a righteous endeavor. When we cease providing the enemy-sympathizing MSM with ammunition to attack us through public opinion, we will have won. The American soldier has 2 enemies: the terrorists who try to kill us, and all who stand for right, with bombs and bullets; and the press, who spew forth metaphorical, yet equally lethal, "missiles" of word and thought at the American Fighting Man.

As it stands, I may never pick up a copy of Newsweek again. Am I calling for a boycott of the popular magazine? No, but I caution readers to be wary of content, and to take a multi-directional look at what is reported, whether from Newsweek or any other source.




At 7:13 AM, Blogger thepatriot15 said...

that is SO much more intelligent than mine!

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You couldn't be more right. Best of luck to you!

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Mom said...

They are a big business, no real thought to lives just what will sell. I am trully sad over all the lives that were destroyed over this. It makes a statement all its own one I could never come close to.

At 7:15 AM, Blogger John Schroeder said...

Thanks for you very honest reaction to this heinous happening. I have linked to this post here.

At 8:14 AM, Anonymous ZUMWALTSNAVY said...

Perhaps Newsweek should follow the lead of The New republic and invetsigate the other articles Isikoff wrote, how many other of his stories did he cook?

Great Blog BTW, must read for me and my peeps on my board.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger luckent47 said...

the guy works his ass of and buys a house so she can live in it and raise their kids. It has a mail slot so the next thing yo know there's catalogs and mail and crap coming through it. she can't think so she just gets this nice magazine with articles about stuff that's reall interesting and that isnt "controversial" and "hate-mongering". Its all fashionable and full of tasteful advertisements from the minivan companies etc..
nest thing you know its a 'news' magazine and its costing American lives..
Why? because most of its readers are worshippers of the golden calf, they hide in college and never ever think for themselves lest they become one of those 'losers' in the back of the class that never show up on time.
fuck newsweak and all the weasel ass new yawkas that write that shit.are cowards,will be cowards, have always been cowards and not worth anyones time.just read the blogs. we're way cooler anyway.

check six and spread the word troopy troop-tl

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MDG: You couldn't have said it better. The only news I trust comes from the blogs, FOX, and C-SPAN where I can actually watch and hear the democrats self imploding. Stay safe and come home soon. DWS a former Marine and current Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer. Red in a Blue state - Massachusetts! Help!

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Linda said...

I agree with all you said. I would add: I am sick of the infantile Militant Islamist, using these lies as an excuse to kill and riot. Afganistan people have been fighting and working with our G.I.s for four years now, if they can't see how hard our guys work to respect their infantile religion, (that is so weak it can't even stand) if their book is picked up by "infidels'. Grow up ISLAM if your religion is that weak then you better take another look at it.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Toni said...

I very much liked your 2 enemies statement. I might use it (with credits of course) in the future.

At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans have the "right" to burn the American flag.

Why can't we trash the "koran"?

There should be koran burnings all across the US.

I'm tired of vainly trying to befriend practitioners of a religion stuck in the Dark Ages.

All muslims can go to hell for all I care

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Subsunk said...


You write as most of us feel. I think you write better than most journalists. And you certainly tell a more accurate story than any journalist I've been reading, including the Fox News guys and right wing reporters as well.

I am very proud of you and your shipmates, young man. You'll never need to worry about how you'll be received in America. Our heads won't fit in the door because they are so swelled with pride over how you guys are doing your job.

Keep up the great work, and come home to us safe and victorious.


At 10:10 PM, Anonymous bill said...

Being liberal means never having to say your sorry. Hundreds killed and injured and America's image damaged. Not their fault! Why should the admin. pile on and ask for accountability? No wonder over 30% of Americans get their news now from the blogs as msm shrinks.


At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Smith said...

right on! That is a good read, well written.
I really like what linda said. These people have been with us for four years, and have seen all the good things we do, yet one little lie can cause so much hate. Grow up.
Also I saw that blackfive linked to ya. You are getting bigger everyday. Keep it up man.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger a4g said...

Your solution is breathtaking in its dignity. When Christ falls under the weight of the unjust cross, He fights back the evil not by striking out, but with a supreme act of will: He rises again and pushes ever forward.

Bless you and all our brave warriors.

At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you, young man. I was a military journalist for 20 years, and I must admit I never developed the objectivity you so ably demonstrate in your posting. I personally would prefer to do a hi-lo breach at Newsweek's front door, preferably with thermobaric weaponry. You are so right about two enemies. It's a shame we have to have young men like you manning a Ma Deuce AND a keyboard to defend yourselves from both directions. Keep your head down and count on your fellow bloggers to watch your six! Thanks, big guy!


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