“Corporate Media Lose Their Favorite ‘Warrior Scholar'” – MSM sycophants can’t stop kissing Petraeus’ butt [FAIR]

Posted on 11/13/2012

by Peter Hart

There’s no doubt that the sex scandal that prompted CIA director David Petraeus’s sudden resignation late last week is a big story. New details–verified or not–seem to arrive almost by the hour.

But the reason it seems to have shaken so many media figures is because Petraeus was uniquely beloved by many in the corporate media, who considered him both an accessible source and a war hero…

…CNN host Wolf Blitzer (11/9/12) sounded grave…, calling the resignation

a very, very sad moment given his distinguished military career, his career more recently in the intelligence community, one of the most brilliant generals by all accounts we have had over the years, a Ph.D., graduate of Princeton University. Somebody who is not only a general, but a scholar who knows the stuff and by all accounts doing an excellent job over at the CIA. So it is a very sad moment not only for him and his family, but for everyone who knows him and indeed for the country right now.

In case that wasn’t clear, Blitzer reiterated: “I want to just underscore how sad this is for the U.S. military, the Army, the CIA, indeed the country, that someone of this stature must end a career under these circumstances.”

The thing about corporate media’s love affair with Petraeus that there were never any attempts to hide it. As ABC military reporter Martha Raddatz once put it (6/23/10): “A warrior and a scholar, Petraeus is sometimes jokingly referred to as a water walker, since almost everything he touches seems to turn to gold…”

…Petraeus understood how to use the media, and reporters understood that regular contact with a military commander was unusual…

…Journalist Michael Hastings, whose book The Operators takes a critical look at the Afghan War, had a much different view. “More so than any other leading military figure, Petraeus’ entire philosophy has been based on hiding the truth, on deception, on building a false image,” he argued (BuzzFeed, 11/11/12).

Hastings points to Petraeus’ failures in Iraq, starting with a troubled 2004 program to train Iraqi security forces. He adds:

On his final Iraq tour, during the so-called “surge,” he pulled off what is perhaps the most impressive con job in recent American history. He convinced the entire Washington establishment that we won the war.

And the “success” of Petraeus’ Iraq surge led to an escalation of the Afghan War based on the notion that the same could happen there. A critical assessment of Petraeus’s record could also be found on Democracy Now! (11/12/12), courtesy of guest Juan Cole. But those discussions were few and far between.

Full article link: http://www.fair.org/blog/2012/11/13/corporate-media-lose-their-favorite-warrior-scholar/#comments

Excerpted by Zuo Shuo


One Response to ““Corporate Media Lose Their Favorite ‘Warrior Scholar'” – MSM sycophants can’t stop kissing Petraeus’ butt [FAIR]”

  1. Chris Henson Says:

    Throughout the long, sorry history of the human race we have idolized those whose main talent has been killing other people. If we don’t soon realize that these people are the 3% of our population who, charismatic or not, are dangerous socipaths and recalibrate our attitudes toward them – by locking them away – we probably will deserve everything they will continue to do to us, and our children.

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