Dr. Drew's Infrequent Blog

09 November 2007

Open Letter to the Honolulu Advertiser Editorial Board

Dear Honolulu Advertiser Editorial Board:

I could not believe your headline this morning: “U.S. has the military means to take on Iran if necessary” (A6). One needn’t be a “moonbat” to realize that the current administration has sent us into an un-winnable war next door in Iraq. Yes, Military Writer Robert Burns pointed out that we may have the technology and firepower to attack Iran. The point is that we don’t have the human resources, intelligence, or long-term policies that could create positive change in the region. Any attack would simply fuel a worsening situation. As a former journalism student, I have to point out that the headline was unforgivable, and the article itself was completely unbalanced.

Many other media outlets engaged in serious reflection on how their lack of critical reporting in the days before the Iraq War contributed to that tragedy. I hope that you will be more careful about ensuring greater balance about such important stories. We need an intelligent and balanced fourth estate to help the nation avoid an even more deadly foreign policy mistake.

Thank you for considering my comments.

1 Comment(s):

  • My letter still hasn't appeared yet as of Tuesday (5 days after I e-mailed it). The Advertiser seems a bit backlogged. That shows another advantage of 2.0 immediacy, although I still like reading the newspaper on paper. Besides the fact that it pays for the operations it helps me read more stories that I might have skipped online.

    It could have been a better letter, but I wanted to send something out before leaving town that afternoon. One aspect missing from the letter was our lack of moral authority to be in Iraq.

    By Blogger Dr. Drew, at Tuesday, November 13, 2007 1:31:00 AM  

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