Thursday, February 21, 2008

Your Media at Work, part 262

Iraq War veteran who spent a year there as an engineer and is now a professional anti-war agitator comes to town, and the newspaper falls all over itself to cover him. He gets a pre-appearance blurb. He gets a full interview article. He gets coverage when he speaks. Three different articles.

Meanwhile, local soldiers who serve quietly in Iraq and come home never even see their names in the paper. Nobody on staff here seemt to care what they did, what they saw, what they think. But it will let this paid agitator speak for all of them and be their face.

I listened to all this arranged on the phone, with the editor who is a regular at anti-Bush and anti-war protests taking orders from the head of the local anti-war group, with whom he is on first-name basis.