Military Recruiting: The MSM Just Doesn't Get It
Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell got lobbied by the Pentagon and the Heritage Foundation about why their November 4 story on military recruiting was, like, wrong. [Typical of the MSM, Howell didn't even bother to link to the article. Duh!]
It always makes sense to put the monkey on the back of the lobbyists representing the power structure. If The Pentagon is trying to convince me that the adult offspring of rich, politically connected Republicans and Bush supporters really are enlisting in noticeable numbers, they can introduce me to some of them. If The White House really wants me to believe that a single member of the Bush Clan is serving in the military, especially in the enlisted ranks, Scott McClellan can tell me who it is and how (s)he is related to the President.
The Heritage Foundation is quite correct in debunking the liberal myth about the origins of America's all-volunteer military. But that leads to Operation Yellow Elephant: How many former Heritage Foundation interns (etc.) are now serving, or have served, in the military? How many current Heritage Foundation interns (etc.) have military experience, or at least volunteered [even if not accepted for enlistment]? How many Heritage Foundation officials, pundits, think-tankists, etc., personally know enlisted servicemembers?
How many don't? Details, please.
It's no surprise that the MSM just missed a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on the personal conflicts of interest of leading pro-war cheerleaders; what an opportunity their complaints about the Post story would have presented. 'No wonder they threw it away.