WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's always fascinating to return from travel overseas and step back into the alternative universe of America's media elites. For a good part of the last month I've been first in Eastern Europe and then in Vietnam -- on assignment for upcoming episodes of War Stories on the FOX News Channel. Interestingly, the "foreign press" -- to use a politically incorrect term -- paid little if any attention to the issues that U.S. mainstream media seem to find most stimulating.
There was, for example, very sparse coverage in the overseas media of the immigration protests here in the United States. I found nothing said or written about Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, U.S. "torture," or Democrat demands for an immediate pull-out from Iraq. The most of- noted topics were the Iranian government's quest for nuclear weapons -- and how uncertainty in the oil markets had driven up energy prices.
The overseas papers and TV news also provided straightforward reports on the formation of a democratic coalition government in Iraq -- and offered factual accounts of the joint visit to Baghdad by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, an occasion that seems to have escaped the attention of most of the potentates in the U.S. press. Even in Hanoi -- where the media is controlled by the Communist Party -- these events were presented without editorial critiques and caveats. Coming back to Washington is a reminder of just how anti-American the American media elites really have become.
Nowhere is this bias more acutely obvious than in reporting on Iranian ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons. Nearly every broadcast and print story in the U.S. press focuses on the problem as the consequence of America's "failure" in Iraq, our "blind" support for Israel, and the inevitable result of the Bush administration's "arrogance." This skewed perspective is of course routinely presented in a hostile Islamic press -- along with a regular drumbeat of U.S. polls and public opinion surveys showing how unfavorably Americans view their current commander in chief.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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