As of this writing, a group of US commandos secretly went into Pakistan and executed terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. This was a man who set out to kill as many Americans as possible, having officially declared war on the US in the 1980’s. He murdered thousands of innocent, unsuspecting civilians in New York on September 11, 2001, plus other surprise attacks against US soldiers and against citizens in other countries. As radical of a regime as that in Saudi Arabia disowned Bin Laden, leaving him to the former government in Afghanistan, one that abused the populace even worse than the Saudis do. By any stretch of the imagination, Osama Bin Laden was a brutal war enemy who deserved death. If he had been captured he would have made a circus out of any trial, garnering support for more terrorist criminals who would have caused more death of innocent men, women, and children.
To show how much of a contrast there is with the American liberal press, today’s news quoted journalism professor Robert Jensen, an apparently very left-wing journalism professor at the generally liberal University of Texas at Austin. Today’s news mentioned the leader of the US Joint Special Operations Command, the leader of the heroes who risked their lives to protect us by killing Bin Laden. The commander had been a journalism major at UT before pursuing a career in the military. Jensen’s comments give us a clear view of how radically left-wing the American media is:
“There are a whole bunch of people who go through journalism school and end up being things antithetical to the spirit of journalism,” Jensen said. “I think the heart and soul of journalism is independent, critical evaluation of concentrated power, and one of the centers of that power in the United States today is the military,” he said. Jensen said it’s important to question the role of the military in American society. “Obviously, a lot of people believe it’s a force for good in the world,” he said, “but I think the evidence is against that interpretation.” (see the article here)
Now please do not miss the perspective here. According to this journalism professor, the “heart and soul” of journalism is to question concentrated power, and feels that the American military is not a force for good in the world. Being a commander in the military is said to be against the spirit of journalism. Somehow journalism has changed from trying to report facts to somehow deciding that concentrated power is something that should be criticized. Somewhere along the way our media has abandoned the idea of reporting what is happening so the rest of us can make up our minds, and now view themselves as a force that is supposed to take sides. I wonder whether Jensen’s journalism students were taught to question the concentrated power over the last two years when the liberal Democrats had both houses of congress and the executive branch. If anything was concentrated power, it was then. Were Jensen’s students taught that the liberal politicians were not a force for good in the world? It does not take much to guess the answer.
But even worse, if that is possible, is that upon the execution of a truly evil man, we have professors working in taxpayer-funded universities teaching future journalists that our military are the bad guys. When evil men like Ben Laden declare war and come to our cities and murder thousands of innocent people, and we bring justice to the enemy, our own people call us the bad guys. Insanity.