...of the Detroit Free Press, a few weeks ago, after reading for about the tenth day in a row an editorial/slanted-news-article decrying the effort in Iraq. I used to deliver this paper, all through my high school years, so I still have some flagging(no pun intended) attachment to it.
Much to my surprise, I received a personal email from one of the editors, thanking me for my "thoughtful remarks," and assuring me that many of the editorial staff of the Freep agreed with me that the paper's bias against Bush and the Iraq War was overdone. He told me that the publisher-in-chief saw the paper's editorial stance as a sort of counterweight to the very conservative, very-pro-GOP Detroit News, which happens to be their partner, since the "joint operating agreement" went through in the early '90's. The papers share production facilities and advertising costs and revenues, as well as publishing a single Sunday edition.
Of course, I knew all that, about the conservative alternative and the sister-operations, but the Freep editor putting it into words a newsboy-simpleton like me could understand finally put the whole issue into perspective for me. A large portion of the MSM sees themselves, still, as a counter-argument to the government's pro-corporate, pro-war, pro-propaganda campaign to subjugate the masses to their Evil Imperial Empire.
I've been reading a lot about WWII lately, and the times preceding the US's involvement in that vast conflagration. This country had an even more powerful pacifist, socialist, isolationist press and populace prior to Pearl Harbor, than we have now, in the still-roiling wake of 9-11, which woke up a lot of us to the threat of international Islamofascism, but certainly not all of us. What will it take, for the rest of society to realize we are at war? Another "9-11?" A nuke, exploded in one of our cities?
It seems more and more self-evident, that "draining the swamp" of Middle Eastern oil-tick monarchies bribing imams to keep the masses focused on hating Israel and the US, is the only long-term solution that has any hope of turning the tide. Even France and The Netherlands are seeing the ill-effects of allowing the "global caliphate" of setting up shop in their countries, unopposed or moderated by any civilized, modern discourse. Even Quebec has rejected the setting-up of sharia courts, to settle "domestic disputes."
At some point, I remain hopeful, the long-rumored "Moderate Muslim Majority" will begin to speak out against the terrorists and psycho-extremists who have "hijacked Islam." There are a few scattered voices doing so, here and there, but the vast majority of Muslims are still afraid/unwilling to identify themselves as being part of a greater society, outside their faith. I guess if I faced being hit with a fatwa for speaking my mind, I'd have second thoughts, too.