… while the alleged misogyny of American military culture is played up?
Caroline Glick has an interesting and provocative thesis centered on what she calls “the international media’s quest to advance the ideology of identity politics“:
To date the most egregious attack on a foreign journalist in Cairo’s Tahrir Square took place last Friday, when CBS’s senior foreign correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and brutally beaten by a mob of Egyptian men. Her own network, CBS, took several days to even report the story, and when it did, it left out important information. The fact that Logan was brutalized for 20 to 30 minutes and that her attackers screamed out “Jew, Jew, Jew” as they ravaged her was absent from the CBS report and from most other follow-on reports in the US media.The media’s treatment of Logan’s victimization specifically and its treatment of the widescale mob violence against foreign reporters in Cairo generally tells us a great deal about the nature of today’s media discourse.
This week, a group of female US soldiers filed a class action lawsuit against Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and his predecessor Donald Rumsfeld. The plaintiffs allege that both men and the US defense establishment are responsible for the sexual assaults they suffered during their military service. They claim that the men who abused them were a product of US military culture.
The US media has provided blanket coverage of the story, which effectively places the entire US military on trial for rape.
What is interesting about the lawsuit story is that it highlights the alleged perpetrator. Coverage of the lawsuit has been heavy on details about the alleged misogyny of US military culture.
In stark contrast, coverage of Logan’s sexual assault makes almost no mention of the perpetrators. Certainly the issue of Egypt’s societal misogyny has been ignored.
What makes the distinction between coverage of the two stores so remarkable is that there is there is no comparison between the alleged anti-female bias in the US military and the actual misogyny of Egyptian society.
There is much more at the link and it ties things together quite nicely.
Read it, digest it, use it as a filtration system for reading liberal thought. It will help make some sense out of that which more normally would seem to be nonsensical.