A conservative media watchdog says mainstream television networks have shown a blatant double standard when it comes to the coverage of two major incursions under different presidents.
When President George W. Bush made the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, many in the media chastised him, even though he had prior congressional approval to authorize force based on reports that Saddam Hussein possessed “weapons of mass destruction.”
However, when President Barack Obama recently ordered air strikes on Libya without congressional approval, the same media failed to challenge him, even reporting it was the right thing to do. Since the operations began last week, the consensus appears to be that Libya does not pose any national security risks for the U.S.
Rich Noyes, director of research at the Media Research Center, says about the Libya situation: “When you listen to liberal reporters, they seem more excited about the fact that the United States is spending its treasure and risking the blood of its sons in something that has no national security implications for United States — and yet this seems to be where liberals get most excited. They don’t like it when we actually do have a security interest.”
Noyes says even if the decision is based on purely humanitarian concerns, not U.S. security interests, there is still a double standard.
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