Fox News Nails Exclusive Interview with Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker
Brit Hume will have the "interview" of the year with Petraeus and Crocker on Monday night, 9pm eastern, (6pm on the west coast) on Fox News. Just days before the two are scheduled to report the progress of security in Iraq to the President and to congress, this interview should be an advance look into that report.
Why Fox News? The simple answer is.......why not. While the liberal left believes that Fox is nothing but a microphone for the right, one can certainly make the same argument that other cable networks like CNN, MSNBC, who daily spend their time echoing democratic talking points and pandering to the anti-war left's premise that this war is lost and it is all the fault of the Bush Administration.
Overall, (with the exception of talk radio), the mainstream media has hammered the Bush Administration with the conduct of the war, (sometimes justifiably), with 90% of their reporting being negative before the surge was announced last spring. That this figure has dropped only a few percentage points after General Petraeus took over operations that have proved to be successful military stability in several key provinces, the left leaning mainstream media has shown little regard for the progress. Even while key congressional democrats have made trips to Iraq and reported back that they indeed see this new "bottom up" change in the attitudes of the Iraqi people, (who have also tired of the insurgency and Al-Qaeda led atrocities and brutality), daily papers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post have bled their newsprint with little but failure and destitution on America's war against terrorism.
Even more bizarre are the myriad of statements by some key democratic leaders that General Petraeus's report to congress will be nothing but fabrications. Richard Durbin leads the way with this attack by saying "We know what is going to be in it. It's clear. I think the president's trip over to Iraq makes it very obvious," the Illinois Democrat said. "I expect the Bush report to say, 'The surge is working. Let's have more of the same."
While S.A. Miller at the Washingtion Times reports (here) the obvious agenda of the democratic party, Republicans bristled at the pre-emptive strike against the report:
"Are these leaders asking the American people to believe that the testimony of a commanding four-star general in the U.S. Army should be discarded before it's even delivered?" said Brian Kennedy, spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.
"If so, these statements completely ignore what's truly at stake in this war and suggest that neither the commander in chief nor our chief commander on the ground have any regard for the lives of the men and women fighting for this country," he said. "It's appallng, and I think the American people — rightfully — will continue to stick by the decisions of our commanders and troops on the ground when it comes to what is best for their safety and security."
While the cause for a successful solution to win this war that has (finally) shown real progress, the political intrusion into this battle will get nothing but uglier. Some of my sources say that the democrats are already too committed to failure to look at any positive results that Petraeus and Crocker will report to this nation. How they will react to Brit Hume's interview Monday night will let many know how invested in failure they are.
Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters has a post up that explains how the surge is effecting the media and politicos here.
Paul at Wizbang also has a post up that questions some of the journalist who may be lacking the experience to be called "journalist" here.