Least Surprising Headline of the Day: Military Mags Owned By Gannett Say Rumsfeld Must Go

There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes, and that mainstream news outlets this weekend will be reporting ad nauseam that an upcoming editorial which is set to run simultaneously in the Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, and Marine Corps Times, will calling for the firing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Our natural instinct may be to apply more weight to this particular editorial, since it appears in magazines written for, and sold to, members of the U.S. military around the world.

First, a reminder. These magazines are operated by a company that is the subsidiary of Gannett Newspapers, arguably one of the most liberal newspaper organizations in the country. Gannett spews out more left leaning rags than the tampon dispenser in the ladies room at a NOW rally.

Remember Donna Shalala? She’s on the Board of Directors of Gannett. Shalala is a devoted Bubba toadie and former Secretary of Health and Human Services for all eight years of the Clinton administration. Shalala is also currently the president of the University of Miami – Which leads me to this thought: If we want to win quickly in Iraq, we should just send the Hurricanes’ football team over there to kick some terrorist tail and end this thing once and for all.

Let’s face it, if a newspaper called for the resignation of John Kerry, and a life-long activist Republican were on the Board of said paper, this “detail” would be the first fact mentioned in any mainstream media story. That’s not the case here.

I simply don’t understand some Rumsfeld critics, many of whom say we engaged in an unwinnable guerilla war in Iraq, but who then chastize Rumsfeld for mishandling it. If, and that’s a hypothetical if, the United States has been put in an unwinnable situation, shouldn’t the president be the one to go, and not the people who have been charged with implementing the impossible?

Personally, I admire the hell out of anybody who takes the crap Rumsfeld takes from the media and is disciplined enough to not swing back even when presented with an exposed chin. As for much of the media, they dislike Rumsfeld not for any job performance reason as much as that the SecDef often makes it painfully clear that he couldn’t care less about the opinion of irrellevant agenda-driven doofuses who aren’t worth wasting a punch on. Obviously, he must go.

The lesson in going through life is simple: beware the media spin and know from where it emanates. In this case, who knows, maybe Gannett offers their writers and editors bonuses for a good Bush-bashing piece, as they do in other areas — such as offering bonuses for each time a positive story on, say, Hispanics, appears on the front page. It’s not a stretch to assume that a good hit piece on the president would be rewarded on pay stubs.

Bottom line: Should Rumsfeld be fired? Hell if I know. That’s what we have a president for. I read a Gannett newspaper every day, which can only mean one thing: I’m ignorant beyond belief about what’s going on in Iraq. Chances are that the company who ultimately throws that “information” on my front porch every morning doesn’t check that bias at the door when they’re writing magazines for the military.

Prepare for a weekend onslaught of “Rumsfeld should be fired” talking head shows. For many of them, the call from these military magazines will lend a fresh, credible voice to the issue, when in fact it’s the same Gannett, different day.


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Doug Powers is a writer, editor and commentator covering news of the day from a conservative viewpoint with an occasional shot of irreverence and a chaser of snark. Townhall Media writer/editor. MichelleMalkin.com alum. Bowling novice. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan. Contact: WriteDoug@Live.com.