Then, media provided background information and explained strategy:
1918: Hindenburg Line is broken*
The Hindenburg Line, a strong system of German defenses in northwestern France, was broken by the Allied forces today. German leaders had previously believed the line was impregnable, comparing it to the Great Wall of China.
“Americans and British have smashed the whole Hindenburg line south of Cambrai advancing two miles over an eight mile front, according to information received from the front this afternoon. The break thru the Hindenburg line was made from just north of the fortress of La Catelet to just north of St. Quentin,” wrote the Oxnard Courier on September 30, 1918. “La Catelet was taken by storm by the Americans and was the first of the Doual-Cambrai-St. Quentin forts of the Hindenburg line to fall.”
The line was nearly 100 miles long and ten miles deep in some places. The Battle of the Hindenburg Line, as it is called, began on September 18 and was an important turning point in the Hundred Days Offensive, as well as the war itself.
Now, media provides anecdotes and body counts of our troops, allies, and civilians (but not enemies):
U.S. announces 9 troop deaths in Iraq By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer
A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala as the streets were packed with people heading for evening prayers, killing at least 58 and wounding scores near some of the country’s most sacred shrines. Separately, the U.S. military announced the deaths of nine American troops, including three killed Saturday in a single roadside bombing outside Baghdad.
With black smoke clogging the skies above Karbala, angry crowds hurled stones at police and later stormed the provincial governor’s house, accusing authorities of failing to protect them from the unrelenting bombings usually blamed on Sunni insurgents. It was the second car bomb to strike the city’s central area in two weeks.
Near the blast site, survivors frantically searched for missing relatives. Iraqi television showed one man carrying the charred body of a small girl above his head as he ran down the street while ambulances rushed to retrieve the wounded and firefighters sprayed water at fires in the wreckage, leaving pools of bloody water.
The Americans killed in Iraq included five who died in fighting Friday in Anbar province, three killed when a roadside bomb struck their patrol southeast of Baghdad and one killed in a separate roadside bombing south of the capital.
The deaths raised to 99 the number of members of the U.S. military who have died this month and at least 3,346 who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
Now, you have to get the real war news from Pat Dollard and other war bloggers in Iraq:
Today a bomb went off at one of the Shiites’ holiest shrines in Iraq. The media will report this vaguely as “sectarian violence” and not as part of the apocalyptic final deathgrip we are now locked in with Al Qeada. They will mention Al Qaeda, but that’s about as close as to the big picture that they will get. While the maisntream media hasn’t been giving you the real narrative, I’ve been reoporting to you, for nearly two weeks, that a dramatic offensive, conducted by our Marines and our new Sunni allies, many of whom had been fighting us just months before, had driven Al Qaeda out of their Al Anbar base. As a result, Al Qaeda has launched a devestating counterattack in the Baghdad/Triangle of Death area, and has been trying to make some noise in smaller towns outside of Ramadi. Petraeus has reported all of this over the last 72 hours, but the media instead presents only a muddied picture of seemingly random violence. Perhaps to do so might provide America with clarity and hope. Perhaps that is the problem.
The Shrine was destroyed by Al Qaeda to try to create a civil war in Iraq, thereby leveraging, amongst other things, a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. There is no civli war in Iraq. Just ganglords recruiting and fighting turf wars under color of sectarianism.
The people of Iraq have no investement in civil war, and this is why civil war is not being waged on a populist level. Al Qaeda and Al Sadr are trying to change all of that.
If Pat Dollard, Bill Roggio, Michael Fumento and Michael Yon can go over there and get the news, why can’t CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and the rest do it? The media is not practicing journalism, it is waging a propaganda war against the United States.
[Update: Welcome, Stuff You Can Use readers... I can't comment on the post which linked here, but I do have a response: While the news in WWI and WWII may well have been biased, it was not biased in favor of our enemies. It is today. There are literally thousands of examples, from CNN showing enemy propaganda sniper video, to the NY Times exposing a perfectly legal program which in fact had been exactly what the 9/11 Commission prescribed, to consistently burying any positive war news ten or more paragraphs down in articles. Part of this is the "if it bleeds, it leads," phenomenon, but that doesn't come close to explaining the day in/day out pressure for us to lose this war. The facts on the ground do not support the view that we have already lost the war, or that we cannot possibly win it. But the media consistently promotes that view, and has since very early on. Part of the reason is that they are relying on stringers who often have a motive for not reporting accurately. The truth is that our military is fighting amazingly well, and that losing less than 3,500 troops speaks volumes about their skill, training, and professionalism. This is no Vietnam. After listening to what Gen. Petraeus has said, seeing the statistics so far on a surge where only 60% of the new troops have been deployed, and reading what soldiers on the ground and Iraqis are writing about the surge, we should have every expectation to win this. I'll even give the Democrats credit. As Joe Lieberman said earlier this week, they complained all along that basic security should have been addressed, and that more troops should have been sent. Now they're getting what they've wanted all along and it's working! But they refuse to believe the general they unanimously voted to send, and the media refuses to report on the successes of the surge.
It's not a coincidence that the media, which admits overwhelmingly to being more liberal than conservative, reports on the war from the perspective of the Democratic Party. I'm not saying that there is a grand conspiracy and this is all planned out in smoke-filled back rooms - far from it. But there is certainly a "conspiracy" of shared values.
Finally, netchicken wrote:
Read her links to what she considers good reporting, but be thankful that we have the ability to mine such rich sources of news in our society. Its the best of all worlds when it comes to war reporting more than any time ever in history.
I AM thankful that there are so many avenues of information out there. If there were not, I would be among the millions of Americans who rely on the MSM and genuinely believe that the war is hopeless, lost, and that we can cut and run again with no real penalties.]
[Updated again: Here's another example - as seen at Hot Air, the NY Times has finally, grudgingly, begun reporting the successes in Anbar that blog readers have known about for some time. They admit in the article that this turnaround began last September. Why is this the first time most people are hearing of it? This was big news six months ago to the people fortunate enough to learn of it - and if I, a web developer in New Orleans, could learn it, then I feel safe in saying that reporters in Iraq could have as well. The media may try their best to avoid it, but they can't ultimately hide the truth - there are too many alternatives sources now. They are doing their best to delay and minimize it, hoping that things will turn back their way before 2008.]
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Americans Breaking Hindenburg Line
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Continued: Americans Break Hindenburg Line
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Whole West Line May Collapse
The Evening Telegram, September 30, 1918
Break Huns’ Line
Oxnard Courier, September 30, 1918
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