This isn't on German media - (although German media is often reflective of US media on this) - but it is a letter that had to be written:
To Whom It May Concern:
With your recent report on Iraq in which you showed 6 soldiers burning to death in a Bradley vehicle. Once again you have proven that - as a part of the mainstream media - you are incapable of reporting anything but your own biased and defeatist version of the war - devoid of any context or anything beyond death, casualties and bombs.
Attempting to glean the bigger picture from your coverage is absolutely impossible, as it so obviously reflects your own political, decidedly anti-war stance. Needless to say, you will drop coverage of the people of Iraq and their suffering like a hot potato as soon as American troops leave - as that is what you are so obviously out to achieve. It will be a replay of Vietnam and Cambodia - where millions died or fled after 1975 - but the media ignored the plight of those left behind after the political cause - American withdrawal - had been achieved.
You owe it to the American people to ask what the consequences of withdrawal and defeat will be for Iraq and the wider region. Unfortunately, you seem so caught up in the daily drumbeat of death, bombs, casualties and little else, that you seem fundamentally unable to do so. Perhaps you ought to consider a report on the very real progress that is taking part in sectors of Iraq - which you seem so determined to ignore - as it doesn't seem to fit into the template you have created - one of defeat and humiliation for your own nation.
Needless to say: The US media is populated by a great many anti-war types - many of them baby-boomers shaped by Vietnam protests - who have a clear influence on daily coverage. The religious and near total focus on casualties, bombings and defeat is absolutely overwhelming and sickening. It has completely blinded the news consumer to the larger context and to the very real progress that is taking place all over Iraq - that is virtually never reported on in most any media outside blogs. The most important question that is not being asked is this: What happens in Iraq and the region if the US pulls out and neighboring countries - including Iran and Syria - turn the country into a proxy war zone?
Well - the bottom line is this - I'm done with mainstream media. It is time to permanently shut them off and tune them out as far as I'm concerned. The coverage of Iraq has been a triumph of determined bias. I won't give another dime to those who act as propagandists (whether intentionally or not) for the most vile assassins and thugs on the planet.
Endnote: Has anyone else noticed that while the US media gladly shows US casualties - you almost never see footage of US troops killing insurgents - even though that is a far more common occurrence. It is almost as if the anti-American forces had an additional wing in the form of segments of the US media.