Thursday, February 14, 2008

Journalist continues to be vindicated: video of Hezbollah in Lebanon as masses convene at Imad Mughniyeh’s funeral

In December I wrote an article, War of the Words, here at Creative Writer US. That article dealt with some mainstream media’s atttempted character assassination of a journalist I’ve known and admired for years, W. Thomas Smith, Jr. Smith got ensnared in a political dogfight between conservative and liberal publications. None of those publications checked all the facts. One of the first publications to even attempt to get at the truth was the magazine American Spectator. In a series of posts at a blog at National Review, Smith had written what sources in Lebanon, where Smith was embedded, told him: large numbers of Hezbollah fighters were positioned in the area. A liberal publication called him a liar, and numerous others followed suit.

Smith has since been vindicated by many articles. But today when I saw video and photos of the funeral of Imad Mughniyeh in Beirut, I thought to myself: this procession and its sheer numbers prove, once again, those publications lied. A lesser man would’ve sued every one of them for defamation. To this date, not a single one, including liberal and conservative magazine writers and editors that are the darlings of those squawking TV news shows and in some cases, well-placed professors at Ivy League universities, have corrected their erroneous statements. None have apologized to Smith.

You don’t have to take my word for it. You can either watch the evening news where you’ll see video of not-so-peaceful-looking people mourn a terrorist, or you can click the link below and let al Jazeera prove to you Hezbollah is indeed deployed in Lebanon and obviously proud of that fact. Once again shame on mainstream media for fabricating.

Read our original column, War of the Words

Read the Jan. 28 article in The Washington Times, Hezbollah’s Dark Hand

Question for readers: Do you think mainstream media has a biased attitude when reporting news from countries many Americans believe harbor terrorists?

1 comment:

Malice Blackheart said...

I think part of the problem with the bias in the US is that Americans don’t understand what it’s like to grow up in a war zone. When people are constantly being blown up right in front of you, it changes you. When your home, or your shop is destroyed by war, it changes you. When you’re raised with the religious belief that though strict adherence to the tenets of your religion, you can restore your people to power and prosperity, it’s difficult to resist. I don’t think anyone intends to be evil. They’re all doing what they believe to be right. This guy says “terrorist” while that guy says “freedom fighter.” It’s all a matter of perspective.