After President Bush gave his Iraq speech in West Virginia today, he took questions from his audience. One question was particularly interesting. Gayle Taylor asked the president’s advice about how to get the media to do more reporting about the good news in Iraq.
This was Bush’s answer:
One of the things that we have to value is that that we do have a media, free media that’s able to do what they want to do and I – you ask me to say something in front of all the camera here [laughter]. Help over there will ya? I just got to keep talking and word of mouth, there’s blogs, there’s internet, there’s all kinds of ways to communicate which is literally changing the way people get their information and so if you’re concerned I would suggest that you reach out to some of the groups that are supporting the troops, that got internet sites and just keep the word moving.
Expose the Left has the video of the exchange.
President Bush is right. If the truth about the progress in Iraq isn’t getting onto the MSM, then it needs to be communicated throughout the blogosphere.
That’s how the letter from the Mayor of Tall’ Afar finally made it into the media.
Abdul Rahman is another example. His story first appeared in Voice of America and was picked up by Below the Beltway and Michelle Malkin. It didn’t take long before bloggers all over the sphere were writing about Mr. Rahman’s plight. The media soon followed.
In fact, President Bush was asked about Mr. Rahman by an audience member who probably read about him in a blog.