Wednesday, September 28, 2005


The AP agrees with my (and others') assessment of their war coverage:
Daily reports of U.S. troops deaths — approaching 2,000 — have helped drive down public support in the U.S. for the war.
Exactly. They even manage to squeeze in another mention of casualties in the very sentence in which they note the daily reports of casualties are discouraging the war effort.

While I’m sure they didn’t quite mean it that way, they also clearly can’t claim to not understand the practical effect of how they’re reporting the war. Does anyone really think the press wants us to win?


Blogger Paul said...


Good find... that little passage immediately brought to mind this post from the Belmont Club regarding 'Time' reporter Michael Ware. He openly admits that the insurgency cannot win without the aid of the Western media... and then says he will carry their message in 'Time.'

The rest of my comment got too long, so I linked to you and made my comments into it's own blog post. Hope you don't mind me piggy backing off your comments.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Fargus... said...

You're right, man. They should just not tell the truth, if it helps the Administration's agenda.

In fact, they should just make the media at large a Cabinet-level department, under the control of the Executive Branch.

Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way of gussying up the war, huh?

1:05 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Fargas, man,

I don't think anyone is advocating the media not report casualties, just that they provide a little context. Most news reports give the impression that our soldiers are doing little more than wandering aimlessly through the desert waiting to roll over the inevitable IED. While casualties and body counts are certainly a part of the truth, they are by no means the whole truth.

If you've ever read Arthur Chrenkoff's underreported news round-ups, Wretchard's always stellar analysis, or Michael Yon's (self-financed) Pulitzer Prize worthy dispatches you'll know exactly what I am referring to.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Fargus... said...

Agreed, Paul. Some context in any situation is needed. But you and I both know that the true bias of the media is laziness. And the source of that laziness is the laziness of the audience. Until we start demanding better coverage, I think that we're just doomed to sensationalism. And "troops conducted their routine daily missions safely today" just isn't sensational enough.

5:00 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

"Until we start demanding better coverage..."

Many of us are.

8:30 AM  

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