A contingent of conservatives talk radio hosts is headed to Iraq this month on a mission to report "the truth" about the war: American troops are winning, despite headlines to the contrary.If these talk show hosts haven't actually been to Iraq, how do they know the news being reported from Iraq is wrong? I mean, Fearless Leader says the US is winning -- isn't that truth enough for them?
The "Truth Tour" has been pulled together by the conservative Web cast radio group Rightalk.com and Move America Forward, a non-profit conservative group backed by a Republican-linked public relations firm in California.
"The reason why we are doing it is we are sick and tired of seeing and hearing headlines by the mainstream media about our defeat in Iraq," Melanie Morgan, a talk radio host (search) for KSFO Radio in San Francisco and co-chair of Move America Forward, said.
Retired Col. Buzz Patterson, host of "The Buzz Cut" on Rightalk: "The war is being won, if not already won, I think. [Iraq] is stabilized and we want the soldiers themselves to tell the story." ... Maybe these non-mainstream media types can ride around admiring the Iraq countryside in an unarmored, convertible Hummer. Since the war has already been won, they should enjoy the scenery. And maybe a picnic of delicious turkee.
One quoted critic of the trip is Peter Beinart, who is identified as the "editor of left-leaning The New Republic magazine." ... Uh-huh.
I'll bet these people don't actually touch any piece of earth within 1,000 miles of Iraq.