Media Bias, tricky numbers and Empty Beds
Hat tip to News Busters
I have continually maintained that the Major Media outlets have been biased in the news reports out of Iraq. The impression I have is that the reporters, editors, and executives of the major media outlets have been opposed to the war and President Bush from the beginning. They continually and consistently push news stories and articles that advance their opinion and agenda, and ignore and bury news that does not support their point of view.
The lack of media coverage on the sharp decline in casualties in Iraq is a perfect example and is what is discussed on the video from CNN’s Reliable Sources..
Robin Wright of the Washington Post maintained that the the numbers were tricky, that there was a dispute over how to count the numbers and that there are different kinds of death in Iraq…
Ummm Yeah them tricky numbers will do it every time… Bottom line is that there are empty beds in hospitals and morgues… Beds that a few months ago would have been full, and reported.
One key exchange toward the end of the video is between Howrd Kurtz and Barbara Starr, CNN’s Pentagon Correspondent.
KURTZ: But let’s say that the figures had shown that casualties were going up for U.S. soldiers and going up for Iraqi civilians. I think that would have made some front pages.
STARR: Oh, I think inevitably it would have. I mean, that’s certainly — that, by any definition, is news. Look, nobody more than a Pentagon correspondent would like to stop reporting the number of deaths, interviewing grieving families, talking to soldiers who have lost their arms and their legs in the war. But, is this really enduring progress?
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