I don't think I have used this blog for political statements yet, but I am so outraged right now, I have to get this out.
Yesterday President Bill Clinton was making the rounds for his Global Health Initiative and he had an interview with Chris Wallace. Mr. Wallace, in my opinion, ambushed Clinton with a question about his administration's response to the Bin Laden threat. Clinton was outraged. He accused Mr. Wallace of being a Republican puppet and then preceded to explain how his administration had, in fact, done more to address the issue in 6 months than the Bush administration has done in years.
The media has taken this story and used it to lambaste Clinton. They have brought on comedians as experts to remark on the interview, they have focused solely on Clinton's anger and totally ignored the facts. Jean Moose criticized the man's socks. Slow motion video of his socks slipping down!!! She even worked in his denial of having sex with Monica Lewinski. This is a travesty.
Meanwhile, on the homepage of CNN.com, the headline reads, "Musharraf: Iraq war makes world more dangerous" WHAT??? Who the hell cares what Musharraf thinks?? How about the newly declassified documents that show that "The Iraq conflict has become the 'cause celebre' for jihadists breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement." and that "If this trend continues, threats to US interests at home and abroad will become more diverse, leading to increasing attacks worldwide."
This article is virtually non-existent on the CNN homepage.
Hmm... safer? Maybe we need to sit down and define what "safer" means? Maybe we can define what journalism is too.