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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Realizations about Reuters

Since 9-11, we Americans have learned a lot. One unpleasant truth that I have become aware of is just how Left Wing and anti-American foreign media are. I first got a taste of this when I went to Australia during the Gulf War this year, and the Australian newspapers openly rooted for Iraq. When I was in Sydney, the morning newspaper gleefully posted pictures of American POW's on the front page, and boasted about how they were showing pictures that you couldn't see in America. Later, the BBC laughably reported that the entire Jessica Lynch rescue was a phony incident that was staged for the cameras. People overseas worship Michael Moore, and they actually think that "Bowling for Columbine" is a legitimate documentary. It's impossible for foreigners to get a remotely accurate picture of America and its policies with the deck so stacked against it.

And then there's Reuters, the British news service whose anti-American, Left Wing agenda makes The New York Times look Conservative. Reuters has provided us with Liberal Commandments like "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". It openly editorializes with its "news", and routinely sticks anti-American digs in places where they don't belong. Here is a little blurb from their Bob Hope obituary yesterday:

During the Vietnam war Hope was criticized for being a "hawk" who supported the conflict. But he said he was really a middle-of-the-road supporter who wanted the war ended and even tried twice to visit Hanoi and arrange prisoner releases. His support of the Vietnam played a major part in eroding his national reputation with many Americans questioning whether he was funny anymore.

Here is another much less subtle example:

Recovery and debris removal work continues at the site of the World Trade Center known as "ground zero" in New York, March 25, 2002. Human rights around the world have been a casualty of the U.S. "war on terror" since September 11. REUTERS/Peter Morgan

This is why America is right to ignore overseas public opinion about her foreign policy. People who receive such unbalanced news cannot possibly make an informed judgement.

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