The White House and President Obama have taken another page out of the Bush playbook, classic “kill the messenger” instead of looking at the problem at hand. Last week, the White House press secretary Jay Carney stated that the President was disappointed with the LA Times over posting photos of soldier misconduct.
This is just the latest controversy related to soldier misconduct arising from Washington’s nation-building operations in the Middle East. And the same misdirected outrage at the media from above has gone on since Vietnam and every conflict afterward to varying degrees. What has changed is with the advent of blogs and online news sites competing with mainstream media, standard news sources such as newspapers, have been forced to bring these issues to light or get bested by a blogger who breaks the story first. This is another example of the competitive tension between new media and “old” media producing more informative news coverage and creating more transparency.