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14 October 2005

Proof: New report proves MSM is biased

A new report put out by the non-partisan media watchdog group the Media Research Center says that the three major networks have been extremely biased when reporting on the War in Iraq. First, they find that network coverage is extremely pessimistic.

Network coverage has been overwhelmingly pessimistic. More than half of all stories (848, or 61%) focused on negative topics or presented a pessimistic analysis of the situation, four times as many as featured U.S. or Iraqi achievements or offered an optimistic assessment (just 211 stories, or 15%).

And the coverage is getting worse!

News about the war has grown increasingly negative. In January and February, about a fifth of all network stories (21%) struck a hopeful note, while just over half presented a negative slant on the situation. By August and September, positive stories had fallen to a measly seven percent and the percentage of bad news stories swelled to 73 percent of all Iraq news, a ten-to-one disparity.

What angers me more than anything, is their horrible coverage of positive stories about the US Military. Here is an excerpt:

Few stories focused on the heroism or generous actions of American soldiers. Just eight stories were devoted to recounting episodes of heroism or valor by US troops, and another nine stories featured instances when soldiers reached out to help the Iraqi people. In contrast, 79 stories focused on allegations of combat mistakes or outright misconduct on the part of U.S. military personnel.

For those anti-war folks out there that are saying there is no progress in Iraq, the media had footage to prove otherwise...but decided not to show it:

It's not as if there was no good news to report. NBC's cameras found a bullish stock market and a hiring boom in Baghdad's business district, ABC showcased the coalition's successful effort to bring peace to a Baghdad thoroughfare once branded Death Street,and CBS documented how the one-time battleground of Sadr City is now quiet and citizens are beginning to benefit from improved public services. Stories describing U.S. and Iraqi achievements provided essential context to the discouraging drumbeat of daily news, but were unfortunately just a small sliver of TV's Iraq news.
It is sad that the blogosphere has to exist to counter the MSM to show that there is progress in Iraq. As previous posts have shown, we need to stay the course. This report is undeniable proof that the media has an agenda. The Media is full of democrats that want to win the Whitehouse in 3 years and some Senate seats in one year. We, in the blogosphere, need to fight back and show what the MSM has deemed as too much good news.


Anonymous myrights2 said...

Unfortunately, this is really no surprise. The MSM refuse to acknowledge ANYTHING positive about our military, or it's accomplishments. I'm really getting sick and tired of the continued lack of true reporting of news. And, while not positive, I think they are actually afraid of people being presented with the facts and then making up their own minds about what's going on. Instead they want to block as much truth as possible and try to pass off their opinions and ideology as the truth. And they wonder why they keep losing viewers!

Fri Oct 14, 06:31:00 AM CDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Booty-lickers unite! And we mean those tasty army issue kind!

Tue Nov 29, 01:37:00 PM CST


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