MUST READ: STUDY OF MSM COVERAGE OF THE IRAQ WAR
Well, this is hardly news. We feel it in our guts. We are dealing with advocacy media , not informative media.But statistics provide the needed proof about TV’s Bad News Brigade.
The most damning piece of information in the executive summary of the report:
■ Even coverage of the Iraqi political process has been negative. More stories (124) focused on shortcomings in Iraq’s political process — the danger of bloodshed during the January elections, political infighting among politicians, and fears that the new Iraqi constitution might spur more civil strife — than found optimism in the Iraqi people’s historic march to democracy (92 stories). One-third of those optimistic stories (32) appeared on just two nights — January 30 and 31, just after Iraq’s first successful elections.
Mark my words, today's voting will be described as not meeting expectations.