OpinionJournal - Federation

Monday, November 06, 2006
OpinionJournal - Federation: "Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed the successes. About 40% of the stories reported terrorist attacks; scarcely any reported the triumphs of American soldiers and Marines. The few positive stories about progress in Iraq were just a small fraction of all the broadcasts.

When the Center for Media and Public Affairs made a nonpartisan evaluation of network news broadcasts, it found that during the active war against Saddam Hussein, 51% of the reports about the conflict were negative. Six months after the land battle ended, 77% were negative; in the 2004 general election, 89% were negative; by the spring of 2006, 94% were negative. This decline in media support was much faster than during Korea or Vietnam."

4 comments:

Knucklehead said...

Well, just goes to show that the members of the Presse Ancienne are not opposed to putting face to grindstone now and agin. Every two years wether they need to or not. Makes 'em feel more useful.

Doug said...

Censoring Iraq Why are there so few reporters with American troops in combat? Don't blame the media. by Michael Yon
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Michael on C-Span's Washington Journal,
One Hour on the Military and the Media linked at
Michael Yon's site.

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Yon at Weekly Standard:

Weekly Standard:

"Mark this on your calendar: Spring of 2007 will be a bloodbath in Afghanistan for NATO forces. Our British, Canadian, Australian, Dutch, and other allies will be slaughtered in Afghanistan if they dare step off base in the southern provinces, and nobody is screaming at the tops of their media-lungs about the impending disaster.

I would not be surprised to see a NATO base overrun in Afghanistan in 2007 with all the soldiers killed or captured.
And when it happens, how many will claim they had no idea it was so bad and blame the media for failing to raise the alarm?
Here it is:
WARNING! Troops in Afghanistan are facing slaughter in 2007!

terrye said...

doug:

I like Yon, but in all honesty most reporters are not like him. It was a reporter from CNN that got the film of the soldier being shot by a sniper. Mustn't take sides you know.

The military is not going to mess with people like that forever. The US might be a democratic republic but the military is not.

Ernie Pyle was censored.

Knucklehead said...

Doug,

Yon's points seem valid enough. Of course if the Presse Ancienne were the least bit concerned with this problem we'd have heard plenty from them about it, wouldn't we have? They don't have much trouble pushing their way in among the enemy to get that side of the story.