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Northwest Harbor, Me: Memorial Day is about military sacrifice, something the press seems to have no respect for, although they are happy to report death and trouble if it makes the US look bad. So it's not really news that our self-anointed intelligentsia, especially the press and academics, look down their nose at the military as an institution, if not at soldiers themselves. Surely this is something that developed since WW2 - maybe it's a post-Vietnam syndrome, combined with a leftist desire to the see the US as less powerful and less virtuous than it is - and the corresponding tendency to idealize those who want to harm us and our interests.
John Leo in Town Hall reported on this subject this week, and it is a piece which only reinforces my feeling that a universal compulsory military service would do this country a lot of good. But that's a subject for another day.
John Leo: It’s official. Conservatives are losing their monopoly on complaints about media bias. In the wake of Newsweek’s bungled report that U.S. military interrogators “flushed a Qur’an down a toilet,” here is Terry Moran, ABC’s White House reporter, in an interview with radio host and blogger Hugh Hewitt: “There is, I agree with you, a deep antimilitary bias in the media, one that begins from the premise that the military must be lying and that American projection of power around the world must be wrong.” Moran thinks it’s a hangover from Vietnam. Sure, but the culture of the newsroom is a factor, too. In all my years in journalism, I don’t think I have met more than one or two reporters who have ever served in the military or who even had a friend in the armed forces. Most media hiring today is from universities where a military career is regarded as bizarre and almost any exercise of American power is considered wrongheaded or evil.