Cynical Synapse

Fri, 03 Jul 2009

Hypocritical Media: Reporter’s Capture Kept Secret; Demand Details on Soldier

Filed under: Behavior, Hypocrits, Media, Military, Rants — cynicalsynapse @ 10:32 am

From the Weekly Standard

Media Double Standard on Captured US Soldier Predictable

Remember how the media conspired to hide the capture of New York Times reported [sic] David Rohde by the Taliban? We were told the media did the right thing to deliberately not report on his capture in order to ensure the reporter’s safety and not allow the Taliban to use the media to manipulate the narrative.

Today, it has been reported that an American soldier has gone missing in eastern Afghanistan. Unsurprisingly, just about every media outlet has run a major story on the capture, and if they haven’t, they will do so shortly. You can bet that when the soldier’s name is revealed, we’ll be bombarded with interviews of his family and any images or videos released by the Taliban.

The obvious question is why is it prudent to hide Rohde’s kidnapping yet splash the headlines with the capture of a U.S. soldier? The answer is that the media views itself as being above the fray in America’s wars. In their eyes, they’re a neutral party, not part of the story, so they can remove themselves from the story when they wish. And the funny thing is they re-insert themselves back in the story when it makes them look good, like this feel-good piece on David Rohde’s triumphant return to the New York Times newsroom.

—Bill Roggio

I’m certainly glad David Rohde got home safe and unharmed and I truly feel for the 8 months of anguish his family, and he, went through. But, he’s treated—and brandished—as a celebrity the very day after a US Soldier went missing in Afghanistan. That makes me sick.

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