Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Civil War" and the Wingnuts

Are Hugh Hewitt and Glenn Reynolds as stupid as they seem?


The MSM's reluctance to call the Gaza civil war a civil war --the New York Times
this morning refers to "what is beginning to look increasingly like a civil war"-- is because the Gaza meltdown doesn't fit the tired media narrative that sees America as "breeding terrorists" in Iraq and the conflict in the Palestinian territories as the result of Israeli oppression. (Instapundit is posting "non civil war updates".) The idea that virulent Islamist fundamentalism is spawning crisis after crisis across the globe, crises which cannot be ignored or retreated from, is alien to folks whose agenda journalism is driven by BDS.

This is almost complete nonsense. Where is he getting this from? Who has ever contended such a thing, other than conspiracy minded lunkheads? If anything, the big jerks in the press were reluctant to call what was going on in Iraq a civil war. But to geniuses like Hewitt and Reynolds, it's the exact opposite. The press -- somehow -- thinks that all Muslims everywhere are peace-loving and could never engage in civil war, minus the actions of the U.S. or Israel.

See, their narrative goes something like this: The evil Big Media was eager to call the catastrophe in Iraq a 'civil war' because doing so hurts the Bush administration -- and Lord knows the press loves nothing better than undermining our war effort and being non-patriotic jerks. [How that explains the writings of InstaPundit fave and super-patriot Michael Yon, who described the Iraq conflict as a 'civil war' throughout 2005 is a matter better left unexplored.]

Which brings us to Gaza. The doofus narrative of Reynolds and Hewitt is this: The press won't call it a civil war for some reason because they think civil wars can only be the result of George W. Bush's actions. Really, that's what they believe. Oh, but wait, here's the third line in an AP story that has likely been printed in dozens of newspapers across the country today: "Both sides said Gaza had descended into civil war as the death toll from two days of fighting reached 37."

Here's a search from Google News with the terms "civil war" and "Gaza." It yields only roughly 3,000 results, many of which feature headlines like: "Hamas Appears To Be Winning Civil War" (CBS) and text that reads: "struggle escalating steadily into a civil war in Gaza" (Reuters).

It's all being hidden in plain sight.

UPDATE: Reynolds once again demonstrates just how much of a nitwit he is. See, when the press declares the Gaza strife a civil war (which Reynolds said they should do), it somehow means the press did so too fast. Really, it's almost too stupid to believe.

LATER: Zing!

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