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Patrick Kennedy calls the media “Despicable.”

Posted by 3citynewswire on 03/11/2010

Rep. Patrick Kennedy called the media “despicable” for not covering Afghanistan and Iraq, and now Eric Garris, who runs AntiWar.com, says the press has been so numbed by the wars of recent years that it suffers from “combat fatigue” and isn’t critically covering the country’s military action like it used to. the day after Kennedy of Rhode Island took to the House floor to blast the media for paying more attention to a congressional sex scandal instead of the troops overseas — argues there are also Machiavellian forces at play within the Fourth Estate.

“It is a combination of things,” he said of the media’s coverage of President Obama’s wars, including “not wanting to make Obama look bad.”

“I really think that there is a strong bias in favor of Obama among the mainstream media and that means that partisan politics is the most important, and issues are only a means to that ends,” he said.

There are fewer people in the anti-war movement now, Garris said, because some anti-Bush activists were more motivated by partisan politics instead of “really being against war.”

“A lot of the opposition to the war or wars prior to 2009 was really opposition to Bush,” Garris continued. “I mean that was really a lot of the motivation for focusing on the wars and now that Obama is president they have laid off that.”

Garris, who has been operating his Anti-War information site for more than 15 years, said there’s still more intervention today “without any evidence of success,” including troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and the possibility of boots on the ground in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. “I hate to say it but Obama’s foreign policy from our prospective is starting to look worse than the Bush foreign policy,” he said.

Kennedy, whose voice cracked during  his outrage Wednesday on the House floor that has since gone viral on television and the internet, questioned “why the American public is fit?”

“It’s because the press, the press of the United States, is not covering the most significant issue of national importance, and that is the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country,” the Rhode Island congressman said.

“It’s despicable, the national press corps right now.” Kennedy said.

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