West Virginians Erupt in Anti-Media Cheer

23 03 2006

Yesterday, President Bush discussed the war in Iraq and progress on the war on terror in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The most interesting portion was a question from Gayle Taylor, who is the wife of a member of the military recently returned from Iraq stood up and said this to the president:

Taylor: This is my husband, who has returned from a 13-month tour in Tikrit.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, yes. Thank you. Welcome back. (Applause.)

Taylor: His job while serving was as a broadcast journalist. And he has brought back several DVD’s full of wonderful footage of reconstruction, of medical things going on. And I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, for a solution to this, because it seems that our major media networks don’t want to portray the good. They just want to focus — (applause) —

This applause carried on for a about a minute and had to be interrupted by The President.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, hold on a second.

Taylor: They just want to focus on another car bomb, or they just want to focus on some more bloodshed, or they just want to focus on how they don’t agree with you and what you’re doing, when they don’t even probably know how you’re doing what you’re doing anyway. But what can we do to get that footage on CNN, on FOX, to get it on headline news, to get it on the local news?

THE PRESIDENT: One of the things that we’ve got to value is the fact that we do have a media, free media, that’s able to do what they want to do…

…there’s word of mouth, there’s blogs, there’s Internet, there’s all kinds of ways to communicate which is literally changing the way people are getting their information. And so if you’re concerned, I would suggest that you reach out to some of the groups that are supporting the troops, that have got Internet sites, and just keep the word — keep the word moving. And that’s one way to deal with an issue without suppressing a free press. We will never do that in America. I mean, the minute we start trying to suppress our press, we look like the Taliban. The minute we start telling people how to worship, we look like the Taliban. And we’re not interested in that in America. We’re the opposite. We believe in freedom. And we believe in freedom in all its forms. And obviously, I know you’re frustrated with what you’re seeing, but there are ways in this new kind of age, being able to communicate, that you’ll be able to spread the message that you want to spread.

Thanks, President Bush, for giving us props.

Bless this woman’s husband for making these DVD’s and bless our President for having the integrity to not slam the media when he was practically set up by this questionner to do just that. What a class act.

He knows what our America is about and he has a vision of where it is going. And it is not going to be run over by freedom-hating Taliban members, nor will be abused by power-hungary liberals.

Others applauding: Wizbang, ReidBlog, bRight & Early, Micro Persuasion

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