Who should be formulating military social policy: trained military professionals and “boots on the ground,” or political hacks and consultants like Ed Rogers (above)?
The media wants to avoid a substantive discussion about open homosexuality in the military. That’s why they focus ad nauseam on the politics, and not the merits, of the issue. Case in point: the Washington Post’s Feb. 7 symposium on “How to Change ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
Indeed, virtually all of the Post’s contributors are preoccupied with the political implications of the issue, and not what it might mean for the readiness and well-being of the U.S. military. Scott Keeter, for instance, director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, notes that:
Support for allowing gays to serve openly in the military has been stable for several years and is significantly higher in many polls than it was when President Bill Clinton raised the issue in the 1990s.
GOP political consultant Ed Rogers agrees:
The cynic’s first rule of politics is: “Be for what is going to happen.” And it is inevitable that gays will openly serve in the U.S. armed forces.
This, in a nutshell, captures the Left’s — and, therefore, the Big Media’s (because the Left and the Big Media are one and the same) — entire approach to this issue:
Create a sense of inevitability so that open homosexuality in the military becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dismiss supporters of the current policy and ignore their arguments. Pretend they don’t exist, and act is if there is absolutely no problem whatsoever with gays serving as gays.
This may be good politics for the left-wing advocacy journalists who dominate the Washington Post, New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, et al.; however, it is grossly unfair and badly biased journalism.
Since when, after all, does the Big Media, think that the vox populi should decide any and all public-policy questions? Since when did it decide that the Congress should legislate in strict accordance with the polls?
The Big Media certainly doesn’t seem to think that popular sentiment is right about the Obama-Reid-Pelosi healthcare “reform” plan. Why the double standard, then, when it comes to military social policy?
In Part III of this series we’ll examine how the media is conspiring to discredit supporters of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — by giving voice only to anti-gay extremists who don’t speak for most U.S. military personnel, let alone most Americans.
John R. Guardiano is an Arlington, Virginia-based writer and analyst. He served as a Marine in Iraq and is still a military reservist. Follow him on Twitter here.
Other installments in this series, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and Don’t Even Pretend to Be Fair”: