Saluting with misty eyes
I think your point was that
the news media should report the facts and
allow the viewer to form their own opinions..I agree.
Small challenge with this: What, exactly, are the "facts"? The Liberals on this country have a very specific view of the "facts", and the Conservatives have another. The liberal left media reports the "facts" of the war on terror (oh, sorry, the Dems made it a fact that this is a bumpersticker phrase, and therefore, not allowed) being lost, and the fact that there is never anything good that ever comes out of it, the administration and the fact that there is never anything good that comes out of it, the evils of America's hatred of illegal immigrants, etc.
The conservative right media reports the "facts" about the war on terror (and the "fact" that the Iraqis have better health care, better schools, more opportunites, better cooperation between the non-extreme members of the various factions), the administration (and the "fact" that the economy enjoyed record growth, minority business ownership increased at a greater pace, home ownership increased tremendously, etc), and the "fact that illegal immigrants are, in fact, criminals- sue to the fact that they broke the laws to be in this country.
The "facts" are whatever you think them to be.
I would add only that a business person who knowingly employs these criminals, if caught, should forfeit their business to the government.
That's a might 1984, eh, mate? The liberal left is already screaming about the Republicans being anti-civil liberties, and not allowing the good people of this country to promote terror in any manner they feel. Can you imagine what would happen were this the norm?
"the people of the other countries on the planet hate the government and the citizens of the U.S., believe that U.S. citizens are evil and that in some vague way that the citizens of the U.S. should feel badly about this or in some way atone for this apparent trangression."
I do not believe that it is true. And there is multi-sides ignorance....if this can be a bliss, how nice!
There are people of other countries who do, in fact, feel this way, and that Americans should be erradicated, like the bugs that we are. They call us names like "infadels" and feel that we are the "white devils", and that we need to be wiped off the face of the planet in as painful a way as possible, and that Allah will reward them in heaven for doing such a thing. No, it is not every other country; however, there are enough people thinking this way to make it not a wonderful world.
In spite of being old and cynical, I'm still just naÔve enough to believe that America is only as great as our ideals.
And that is why they are all coming to America (with apologies to Neil Diamond)
What would you attempt to do...if you knew you could not fail?.