Media Cleansing – The War As (NOT) Seen On TV

A day does not go by without claims of media bias coming from America’s left and the right. As a matter of fact there are full blown organizations dedicated to monitoring this so called bias around the clock. On the right we have the Media Research Center whose tagline reads: The Leader in Documenting, Exposing and Neutralizing Liberal Media Bias. On the left we have Media Matters for America who describes themselves as “a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”

For the most part both of these organizations pride themselves on exposing the lurid underbelly of the grand media conspiracy to brainwash us all into being moonbats/wingnuts. Unfortunately, the one thing neither organization seems to talk much about is the reality of our current media situation. That reality, in my opinion, is represented by an ultra-competitive business (particularly the broadcast media) more concerned about ratings and selling commercials than they are about reporting the truth to the American public. As a result, we tend to see more man-bites-dog stories and less real reporting.

A perfect example of this is the coverage the war receives in both the print and broadcast media. With the exception of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the images and video coming back from the war in Iraq are completely and totally sanitized. We never see the real effects of war on our televisions or in our magazines, instead we see war filtered through a media lens that does just enough to keep up the support from the masses.

It is my belief that the role of the media is not to clean up the pictures coming back from the war, but to show them in all their gore and glory, however horrific this may be, so the American people can at least have an understanding of what they are supporting. War is a brutal, disgusting, and ugly truth very few of us are really willing to look at. I think my opinion about war is best exemplified by the following quote from Amy Goodman, host of the independent radio and television news program DemocracyNOW!

“I think if the media broadcast the true images of war, if the media showed us the sheared-off limbs of Iraqi children, of U.S. soldiers, of women and innocent civilians killed in Iraq, I think we would eradicate war.”

With this in mind I bring you a few photo galleries of the war without the media filter applied.

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