Thursday, June 29, 2006
ABCNews Searches For Relevance
ABCNews is searching for something to some sensational headlines to justify its existence. They have enlisted the help of John Q. Public in this quest - thus far with questionable results.
First came the request for Global Warming Horror Stories. That's right folks. Find something in your back yard that could possibly be attributed to global warming and you could find yourself face to face - or most likely face to camera lens - with Charles Gibson. Find some way to tie the three headed frog Junior found in the sewer to increased emissions from coal-fired power plants in Chicago and you might get yourself a reserved ottoman on the set of Good Morning America.
In their latest attempt to connect with John Q. Public, ABCNews.com has put forth a request for stories from "Coalition Forces who are working in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa." Evidently ABCNews has never heard of a concept called Milblogs. This is collection of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines - some current, some former, and some in an inbetween status - who write their stories on a daily basis. All one has to do is read.
I know that might be asking a lot from ABCNews.
In my never ending quest to aid the MSM in shedding its hard left, Anti-W, Anti-War bias, I submit the following stories to get ABCNews pointed in the right direction.
Aric Catron, National Guardsman from Onalaska, WA - via Subsunk at Blackfive.
Staff Sergeant Michell Caldwell, scout, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. You'll see from the pictures this amazing soldier re-enlisting only hours after suffering wounds from gun battle with Iraqi terrorists. Again, from Blackfive.
Greyhawk is another star among stars where Milbloggers are concerned. Major K., though inactive as of this writing, provides spot on analysis from a perspective seen only from Boots on the Ground.
Memo to ABCNews: These bloggers are doing the job you claim to want. They're doing it far better than you, and have been doing it at that level for far longer than you can imagine. You want to run with these Big Dogs, but you're not even on the porch yet. You have a long, long way to go. Personally I doubt your ability to report accurately from a military perspective. Will you prove me wrong? Perhaps.
But I'm not holding my breath.
Here endeth the lesson.