Professors embedded among leftist faculties are doing worse than reporters embedded with U.S. troops. The experience of seeing that Iraqi soldiers brutalize prisoners of war, hold their own civilians hostage and shoot at reporters may also help some journalists to overcome their liberal presuppositions. Newsweek's Scott Johnson produced one of the liveliest Iraq stories so far after he headed out on his own with a photographer and came under fire, only to be rescued by an American convoy. His article ended: "I'm basically embedded now. I don't have much chance of going independent again and, to be honest, I don't know if I want to."
The Vietnam War parallels that pessimists are beginning to employ may be accurate in one respect. That war was part of a far larger war against communism that lasted for 45 years, from 1946, when the Iron Curtain descended across Europe, to 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated. The war against terrorism is likely to last as long, and only God knows whether it will be successful.
We talk a lot about Iraqi morale, but much depends on what media presentations do to American morale. The big broadcast surprise so far is that CBS overall seems to be doing a decent job, and one far superior to carping ABC and NBC. Unsurprisingly, Fox has generally given positive stories about the American war effort, CNN and NPR negative ones, and Arab media lying ones.
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