The Primary Problem Between the Press and Military

C.I.R. Press Editorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you ask any good operative or military advisor what the most key parts of National Defense and Military success are, my money is on “secrecy.” It is terribly important that everything is not disclosed. For many that are anti-defense budget, that creates a fuss. This secrecy is required to incorporate new projects and/or weapons, any actual battle plans, and of course intelligence. What most don’t realize is that it is not just the “file” of intelligence that needs to be protected it is how you built that file.

That sentence should have all the civil rights advocates jumping up and down and getting their privacy lectures ready. You can spare them on me. With the constant screaming about “oversight” it becomes hard to get things done. With all the complaining about the failure of Katrina recovery due to bureaucracy I would think you wouldn’t want that to happen with the US Armed Forces in the event of an attack. I am quite sick of those around that demand oversight, then would not be open to it themselves. There is no pleasing anyone with this argument because whoever has the position of oversight will be told they are not doing enough, or disclosing enough. What it boils down to is every ultra-oversight mentality person wants to personally look into the DoD, NSA, DIA, CIA, DOJ, DARPA, CENTCOM, and on and on…

2 : withheld from general circulation for reasons of national security

Having classified information is vital to the survival of this country. Just because you want something does not mean you will get it or that you should. (And in most cases you wouldn’t understand it if you did get it.) But our country survives thanks to the civilian oversight of the military. During a war the military would be far more effective without this oversight, but by making sure that is not the fact is how we make certain there is not a coup of our elected leaders.

As almost every American I am required to look to the media, whichever outlet I turn to, to get information on weather or facts on a candidate. I compare and contrast to come to my own conclusions. I understand those of you who have no other way to understand what is going on in the world and war but checking out the media. I am not in quite the same position but what all must remember is that today’s media rarely gives the simple facts, they cherry-pick the ones they want to use in order to make the story they want.

1 a : the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media b : the public press c : an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium2 a : writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine b : writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation c : writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest

The biggest concern you should see is in 1c and 2c. Management of the news medium, the media isn’t doing anything the Federal Government doesn’t do, if you believe the Government is hiding specific things from you. And then of course what is so true is 2c, “designed to appeal.” How about facts, not opinion.

Therein lies the problem. People want to know secrets, and gossip. Three words “need to know” is what everyone should go by. There is no reason the everyday American needs know how the NSA program functions anymore than me needing to know about your sex life. Congress could have been briefed in more detail, but instead a few traitors decided it was more important to play with National Security and gossip their way to the front page of the New York Times.

In conclusion, the press holds an important place in society and especially our society being the best in the world. The press has helped make it that way but it also holds the immense power of being able to tear down success as fast as the internet runs.