Monday, May 10, 2004

Which side of the War on Terror is the US media on?

When four American contractors were brutally massacred, the US media made the decision not to publish the gruesome pictures of the dead. The media collectively feared that the images would arouse the "American street" which could lead to an anti-Islamic backlash. However, when six misguided US soldiers engage in physical and mental humiliation, the media , throwing all caution aside, makes pictures of the incidents the headline to every major "news" paper and "News" program in the US. Why no fear that such images would arouse anti-American feelings? Why no concern that the images would lead to more attacks on US interests throughout the world? Why no concern that the images would undermine our efforts in the Global war on Terror?