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August 16, 2005

Media admits Iraq coverage slanted

From the New York Times...

Rosemary Goudreau, the editorial page editor of The Tampa Tribune, has received the same e-mail message a dozen times over the last year.

"Did you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq?" the anonymous polemic asks, in part. "Did you know that 3,100 schools have been renovated?"

"Of course we didn't know!" the message concludes. "Our media doesn't tell us!"

Ms. Goudreau's newspaper, like most dailies in America, relies largely on The Associated Press for its coverage of the Iraq war. So she finally forwarded the e-mail message to Mike Silverman, managing editor of The A.P., asking if there was a way to check these assertions and to put them into context. Like many other journalists, Mr. Silverman had also received a copy of the message.

Ms. Goudreau's query prompted an unusual discussion last month in New York at a regular meeting of editors whose newspapers are members of The Associated Press. Some editors expressed concern that a kind of bunker mentality was preventing reporters in Iraq from getting out and explaining the bigger picture beyond the daily death tolls.

The rest of the article explains that because reporters in Iraq are too afraid to get out and find out what is actually happening, they simply report on the casualty statistics. Meanwhile, rather than interviewing the soldiers who return, and have been out  there, the media rely solely on those casualty statistic to paint their version of how the war in Iraq is going. While the MSM suits make some hand-wringing promises of future “discussions” (translation: “song and dance to make people think we care”)  there is no mention of getting the real story from sources other than their lily-livered, over-paid, on-site reporters.

You know why, don't you? Because to your typical Liberal reporter there are only two kinds of people in Iraq: The caring reporter ( shivering under his bed in fear of being kidnapped and killed) and the untrustworthy soldiers and contract workers who, while risking their lives, are obviously too gung-ho or capitalistic to be trusted. Oh yeah, the Liberal reporter would admit after being reminded, there are the Iraqis, but they're just extras and scenery.

Coverage: WizBang, Buzz Machine

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 16, 2005 09:33 AM

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