How often do you hear tales of heroic achievement by our military from the Media?
Oh, sure, occasionally one such story slips through, like Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry back in 2011, or more recently, former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha. But how often, and how loudly, are these stories repeated? Here’s an easy test: mention the two names above to 20 people at random, and see how many folks know who they are.
I’m betting none, unless you stack the deck.
Most of us never have and never will see combat (thank God), but don’t we want to know about the men and women who have? Wouldn’t we be interested in hearing about how they conducted themselves flawlessly, under the harshest of circumstances? These people are allowing us to go about our lives, after all.
But no, instead we get a blip of a report here or there and then right back to normal, with most of the stories showing our fighting men in as bad a light as possible. As for the movies, overwhelmingly who we’ve seen on the cinema screen for the past 30-odd years are almost cartoons, parodies of the real thing.