Bloggers often publish their thoughts, tantrums and inaccuracies from the safety of their homes while still in their pajamas, underwear or less. It’s a safe, secure world where they pass judgment on those who risk their lives to uncover the truth. And that’s the problem.
Writes Will Bunch in Attytood:
I don’t know whether an Iraqi photojournalist named Bilal Hussein — a member of the Associated Press team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for its breathtaking pictures of the fighting there — has any connection to the anti-U.S. insurgency there.
Neither does Powerline, Michelle Malkin, or any of the other right-wing blogger so eager to convict Hussein, who has been held in capitivity by the U.S. military for five months now without any charges lodged against him.
But the lack of any criminal charges — let alone much information about what Bilal Hussein did to merit five months behind bars — hasn’t stopped these wingers from convicting him, and the Associated Press along with it, of being a terrorist.
I’ll tell you what I do know:
1) Powerline, Michelle Malkin and the others like them have no respect for the American principle of a free and unfettered press, no understanding of what a photojournalist does or the importance that uncensored photos can play in the political debate half a world away. The bottom line is they’d like to destroy any photographic evidence of how badly their president’s lie-laden misadventure has gone in Iraq.
2) The Bush administration, and the U.S. military acting under its command, has no respect for the writ of habeas corpus, or the American principle that prisoners cannot be held indefinitely without any charges lodged against them. This is why America’s standing in the world — which was built in large part on our respect for these values — is fast disappearing, and why the "war on terror" that Powerline, Malkin and the others claims is so important is in fact slipping away from them.
Bunch uncovers a key issue in those who blindly put their faith in bloggers — conservative or liberal. Most of them are armchair commandos who never covered a real news story, much less a war. Too many sit in thier darkened dens, kitchens or basements and spew out their bile without knowing the facts because they are not on the scene or out there in the muck covering the news.
Bilal Hussein was doing his job covering an unpopular war launched by a deceptive President in troubled times. For that he is now a prisoner of a system where paranoia overcomes reason and tyranny trumps justice.