Media Manipulation of Bin Laden Death!

by Richard H. Frank

The national news media in the United States is intent on setting the agenda of importance for news commentary for the American public.  The editors of reported stories in today’s 24-hour/7 day reporting by both national, international and cable news outlets has created an atmosphere of creative, speculative and entertainment reporting as opposed to presentation of fact.  Even Fox News that reports under the banner of “Fair and Balanced” has fallen into the trap of presenting the sensational and “one-upsmanship” in an effort to capture viewer ratings.

The latest example is the announcement of the killing of Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.  Certainly this story carries a significant level of importance for the families of those killed in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or Shanksville, PA as well as for those brave people who spent a decade in pursuit of this despicable terrorist.  Unfortunately, those persons that choose to politicize the killing for purposes of advancing their individual careers, ideology or personal gain as opposed to having served the principles of justice demean the accomplishment of America’s brave military personnel.

For the past three days, mainly due to the insatiable appetite of the media, we have set aside reporting on all major issues confronting this nation and focused on the killing much as with a continuing soap opera.

Little, if any, reporting has taken place regarding national disasters from fire, flood and tornadoes occurring here in the United States. What of the Government actions with regard to the 2012 budget, soaring deficits and the impending debt ceiling deadline?  Oil prices continue to soar resulting in record high gasoline prices that translate to punishing increased costs on the very survival necessities for life in America.

Emotionally the death of Bin Laden is something to be celebrated.  Practically, it does little, if anything, except create a martyr for terrorists to affect the war being waged against radical islamic terrorism.

The media loves to embrace the practice of distraction from the real issues facing America when it comes to the Obama Administration. The most recent examples are the week spent reporting on Obama’s long form birth certificate now followed by the incessant, unrelenting reporting on the Osama Bin laden attack and his subsequent death.

The media needs to pack it up and get on to reporting the important issues of the day.  Like it or not, following the liberation of Kuwait, President Bush “41”  ‘s approval ratings were in the 90% range.  Sixteen to 18 months later the dismal economy cost him reelection. The same forces are present today to a greater extent but are not reported by the media.  Distraction from the economic, fiscal and Constitutional issues are the agenda of the media.  Their attempt to manipulate the news will fail as the facts of continuing unemployment, deficit spending, the foreclosure crisis, high taxes, and soaring energy prices are felt by every American family.

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