Speaking Truth to Power about GW Bush

By Chrissy the Hyphenated

The Left and its lapdog media ridiculed President Bush for not racing out of the room the instant he heard a plane had crashed into the WTC. He said he didn’t want to upset or disappoint the little kids he was reading to, who had been anticipating his visit for a long time and whose parents and teachers should be the ones to tell them what was happening in their own way and time.

On the 10th anniversary of that horrific day, we finally get the kids’ view of Bush’s “pet goat moment” …
Kids with Bush on 9/11 saw change sweep over him

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The 16 children who shared modern America’s darkest moment with President George W. Bush are high school seniors now — football players, ROTC members, track athletes, wrestlers and singers.

They remember going over an eight-paragraph story so it would be perfect when they read it to the president on Sept. 11, 2001. They remember how Bush’s face suddenly clouded as his chief of staff, Andrew Card, bent down and whispered to him that the U.S. had been attacked. They remember how Bush pressed on with the reading as best he could before sharing the devastating news with the nation.

“It was like a blank stare. Like he knew something was going on but he didn’t want to make it too bad for us to notice by looking different,” said Lenard Rivers, now a 17-year-old football player at Sarasota High.
And not that anyone with half a brain needs it, but here is an extensive study proving the media has been hyper-partisan rather than informative about the Bush-Obama War on Terror. And if you think this doesn’t majorly GRIPE this military mom’s heart, think again. I have nothing but contempt for these people. We saw how they operate up close when a New York Times writer interviewed one of our kids in Iraq during the Surge. She told us what she told him; we read what he wrote. They bore no resemblance. “Thou shalt not bear false witness” comes to mind. Clearly, this was not an isolated instance, but a concerted, media-wide effort to promote Democrats over Republicans, without regard for truth, fairness or national security.
Red, White, and Partisan: How the Media Furor Over Bush’s War on Terror Vanished Under Obama

The premeditated murder of thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001 unified the United States, in grief over the attacks and in resolve to never let it happen again. Just as Members of Congress stood together as one on the Capitol steps to sing “God Bless America,” the American major media united with the people in their collective shock and outrage.

But that feeling did not last. Within a month, America went to war in Afghanistan, and the media returned to its traditional pose of being above “nationalistic fervor.” Instead, the media coverage grew dark and foreboding, presenting America as a malignant force many Americans didn’t recognize.

When Barack Obama was elected, the pessimism faded, and so did the skepticism. Even Obama’s continuation of certain Bush anti-terror policies didn’t outrage the media. To review how the broadcast television networks portrayed the War on Terror in the decade since 9/11, the Media Research Center has identified major trends that stand out from ten years of media analysis. The Bush policy was often reviled, and the Obama policy was often ignored or praised:

> Under Bush, anchors and reporters painted the War on Terror as a dark era in American history where our civil liberties were vanishing. Terrorist suspects were often treated as morally superior to their U.S. military captors.

> Under Obama, the picture of unjustly detained terror suspects faded from view, and Guantanamo faded as an international outrage.

> Under Bush, the networks eagerly promoted partisan talking points that cast the  administration as villainous or inept in its handling of the War on Terror – or, even worse, somehow to blame for the 9/11 attacks themselves.

> Under Obama, the media’s coverage of Obama’s failures on terrorism (the mass murder at Fort Hood and the near misses above Detroit and in Times Square) diverted the subject from Obama’s performance  to other controversies (like America’s alleged “Islamophobia”). When Obama’s performance succeeded – as in his command of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden – the subject wasn’t changed.

> Under Bush, TV journalists were so averse to nationalism that they found allusions to an “axis of evil” in the world to be grotesque, and obsessed over the unpopularity of Bush’s America in Europe and the Middle East.

> Under Obama, the media simply assumed that a less nationalistic Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world (including his speech in Cairo) would warm global opinion, and ignored surveys that belied that assumption.

> Under Bush, the networks defended Bush’s partisan critics as patriotic dissenters who should not be impugned, even as those protesters impugned Bush in the vilest terms.

> Under Obama, Republicans were discouraged from criticizing the President for terror-policy failures and left-wing critics of Obama’s continuation of Bush policies vanished from the airwaves.

MRC’s conclusion: While journalists like ABC News President David Westin insisted that the patriotic thing for journalists to do after 9/11 was “to be independent and objective and present the facts to the American people,” the networks failed to live up that “we report, you decide” standard.


The Full Report is available free online:

# Introduction: Shock and Unity: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/intro.aspx

# Civil Liberties: Bush’s Abuse?: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/liberties.aspx

# Obama Opens the Prison Gates?: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/opening.aspx

# Bush and His Inept Villains on Terror: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/villains.aspx

# Obama’s Terror Policy Failures: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/failures.aspx

# Averse to Nationalism as a Pro-Bush Platform: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/nationalism.aspx

# Obama Crumbles a Wall: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/crumbles.aspx

# The Glory, and Then Invisibility, of Dissent: http://www.mediaresearch.org/specialreports/2011/redWhiteandPartisan/dissent.aspx


Filed under Afghanistan, Armed Forces, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Iraq, Islam, Media Bias, Terrorism

3 responses to “Speaking Truth to Power about GW Bush

  1. Great summary, Chrissy. This has been driving me up the wall for ten years. Whenever I hear someone deny that the MSM is biased I want to scream!


  2. Ting

    I have been especially aware of how the “death toll” numbers on the NBC news every day just sort of evaporated in January of 2009. From a purely selfish point of view I do not miss that statistic because it is so very, very sad. But in my heart I know that I need to hear it. But honestly, now that I think about it, maybe they do still announce the totals, because I no longer watch them so really can’t say for sure. This was a lot of good information and a lot to ponder. The only thing I know to do to try to help is to stop consuming those news sources.


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