This is a WSJ commentary from William McGurn, a former speechwriter of President Bush. He makes some valid points regarding the prejudice of the White House press corps. Why do I think his arguments are even more applicable to the German media landscape?
Press Corps Quagmire
By WILLIAM MCGURN February 19, 2008; Page A19
(...) By the end of 2006, sectarian violence was tearing Iraq apart, the terrorists were getting away with spectacular acts of murder, and our strategy plainly was not working. For a man said to resist unpleasant truths, the president acted boldly. He replaced his defense secretary, replaced his commanders on the ground, and completely overhauled his strategy. Granted, it would have been better had it come earlier. But it was a tough thing to do, he did it -- and he did it knowing full well that the critics would jump all over him.
The president announced the surge in a nationally televised address in January 2007. A conservative columnist accused the president of offering nothing but "salesmanship and spin." A cable TV host went on a rant declaring "the plan fails militarily, the plan fails symbolically, the plan fails politically." Columnists and commentators either hedged their bets or predicted disaster ahead, with allusions to Vietnam sprinkled in for good measure.
Yet the surge went ahead. In Anbar Province, Marines were sent in to take