Skip to comments.Media Critics Say ABC News Continues to Peddle Doubt, Dissent About War
Posted on 03/27/2003 2:07:24 PM PST by Remedy
The president of a Texas-based ministry is encouraging concerned Christians and other Americans to let ABC know theyre tired of anchorman Peter Jennings and his anti-American leanings.
As he has anchored coverage of the war to liberate Iraq, ABC anchorman Peter Jennings has made his opinions known. In mid-February, when the Bush Administration's attempt to push a resolution through the U.N. Security Council was stymied by France, the anchor for World News Tonight offered the following observations:
"I think a lot of people got the impression this week that maybe the Bush Administration doesn't mind if the Western alliance as we've known it in the post-war period breaks up" -- and "the administration is prepared to jeopardize its relations with several of its oldest and best friends in order to get its way about Iraq."
As one media watchdog group says, "Jennings would not say that several of America's 'oldest and best friends' were jeopardizing relations with us to get their way about Iraq."
In another example, commenting on the reception allied troops were receiving in Iraq, Jennings stated: "Yesterday we saw images of a jubilant reception in the southern Iraqi town of Safwan where ... people tore down a picture of Saddam Hussein and jumped in the streets -- at least for the cameras."
And while talking to Democratic Senator Joe Biden about the anti-war protests, Jennings said: "A large number of people in the country are opposed to this .. but look to members of the Democratic Party, particularly, to be sort of their port in a storm, their place to manifest their dissatisfaction." To which Biden responded: "They've got the wrong port.... The decision's been made."
In addition, Jennings has opined that President Bush is fighting the war "alone," and the anchor has given substantial air time to anti-war protestors.
Dr. Bruce Engleman is president of We the People Ministries. He says Americans do not need Jennings on television. Jennings, he says, needs to go home.
"It is time again to send this socialistic Canadian back to our friends in the north, let him go back to being a host of 'Canadian Bandstand' -- and turn this job over to a real journalist," Engleman says. "It is not his job to be a commentator and to tear up our president during a time of war."
Engleman says Jennings should not mix in his opinion with his reporting. "With Peter Jennings running the show and as the main anchor of the televised coverage of the war, we do not need his constant barrage against President Bush -- an attack, really, which is quite liberal," he says.
"Obviously, Mr. Jennings is anti-American, he's anti-Bush, he's anti-Republican, he's anti-Christian, he's anti-war, he's anti-coalition of the willing -- and this is not the place for a journalist to exercise his personal, political beliefs."
Engleman knows ABC will not take Jennings off the air, but he encourages people to contact ABC and voice their complaints over the anchormans personal comments. More importantly, Engleman encourages Christians to pray for the salvation of Peter Jennings.
Focus on the Minority
The Media Research Center also says ABC was clearly the most biased in its coverage leading up to the war. And now, MRC says, Peter Jennings and his cohorts are offering the most biased coverage of the war itself. Spokesman Tim Graham says ABC continues to treat anti-war protestors with far greater significance than they deserve.
"They are being portrayed an enormous, massive, huge protest that President Bush has to ... knuckle under and ... give in [to]. This is like paying attention to a focus group," Graham says. "But that's what the protests are: a small group of people that do not represent the rest of the United States of America."
Graham adds that Jennings continues to tout the anti-war protestors, even though polls show the American people overwhelming support the war effort. "If you can attract tens of thousands of people to march in Washington, it makes for a good picture," he says. "The question is, does it mean anything in regard to the rest of America's democracy?
"If we have polls now, that are showing that 70% of the American people favor [the] war in Iraq despite the U.N., then what do 50,000 people represent?" Graham asks -- then answers his own question. "They represent a tiny fringe of a minority and yet, they are being portrayed as enormous massive, huge protests."
Graham says despite the irrelevance of the protestors, Jennings recently spent eight minutes interviewing two of the anti-war leaders, tossing them what he describes as "softball questions."
During the first half of the show Ogletree made the soldiers squirm about ethical tangles on the battlefield. The man getting the roughest treatment was Frederick Downs, a writer who as a young Army lieutenant in Vietnam had lost his left arm in a mine explosion.
Poor baby, I bet he missed the comforts of his New York dids, being treated like a super star. I bet he was scared.
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