Sunday, August 14, 2005

Outrage Media

My first reaction to reading Mike Carlton’s column in the Sydney Morning Herald was the temptation to fire an angry e-mail regarding his misrepresentation of the Cindy Sheehan story, the politico-mom who blames GWB for the death of her solider son in Iraq.

"I want to ask the President, why did he kill my son?" Sheehan told the horde of hacks who gathered around her near the ranch. "He said my son died in a noble cause, and I want to ask him what that noble cause is."

So far, Dubya is staying away. Last weekend he sent two White House aides to talk to her. She said they had been respectful, but had given her "the party line".

The neocon media in America, led by the loathsome Fox News, have rounded on Sheehan, selectively misquoting her out of context and portraying her as a liar.

To me, she sounds just fine and apple pie.

As ‘fine as apple pie’? The neocon media in America? How can he possibly buy into the lie that the war on terror and the freedom of Iraq are not just causes?

Perhaps Mr Carlton should read the articulate and impassioned Mohammed in his blog Iraq The Model or perhaps the letter of quiet determination from the young navy corpsman to his mother or review the tapes of firefighters calling out their final words of the World Trade Centre Towers collapse?

Nicky, being a wise and wily DA and aware of the tricks provocateurs use to make their case, pointed out that my indignant reaction was what Mr Carlton wanted in the first place.

The radio entertainer who occasionally writes for the Sydney Morning Herald banks, literally, on the visceral reaction of readers and listeners.

After all, if no one feels strong emotion, no one phones in, ratings slip, advertisers drop off and Mr Carlton loses his job.

In fact his piece in the SMH is less about revealing news or providing a different perspective. It is about stoking the flames of outrage that will result in calls to his radio program on Monday.

I’m ashamed to have almost fallen for it.

-- Nora

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