Member Rara Avis
This topic happens to be about Iraq. I would say the same things if the topic were the news media reporting that 10,000 home burglaries occur in Miami each night, when in fact there are only 1,000...but the newspaper owner has a brother who sells home alarm systems.
See, now, I could probably buy into that, Mike. I'd want some evidence, of course, but I'm not going to be unduly skeptical about one man's greed.
When you lay similar claims across everyone born in Virginia, everyone who is the seventh son of a seventh son, or everyone in an entire industry, frankly, I start looking to see if maybe your hat is also lined with tin-foil. "The media" covers a pretty vast sea and, in my experience, greed just doesn't spread that uniformly. Conspiracy theories never seem to hold up real well under investigation, in large part I suspect because secrets held by tens of thousands of individuals don't stay secret very long.
You may well have valid complaints, Mike. I just think you need to voice them more selectively. Go after the guy whose brother is selling home alarm systems, not every guy who has a brother. "The media" is too big a target to be credible, in my opinion.