In a press conference this morning, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld chastised journalists
for allotting too much paper space to the abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay:
Two of the country?s
largest newspapers, for example, have devoted more than 80 editorials
combined since March of 2004 to Abu Ghraib and detainee issues, often
repeating the same erroneous assertions and recycling the same stories.
By comparison, precious little has been written by those editorial
boards about the beheading of innocent civilians by terrorists, the
thousands of bodies found in mass graves in Iraq, the allegations of
rape of women and girls by U.N. workers in the Congo.
In other words, people
are hungry for stories of more evil. And the story of the abusive
practices of immoral American soldiers is getting stale, guys. If you
use the evil-o-meter for "comparison," the soldiers rank right along with the other equally
awful characters reporters should spend more time covering. Besides, it's journalists' fault
that the rest of the world hates America, right?