Nets Avoid How “Italian Journalist” Works for Communist Paper

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on March 9, 2005

Example of Media Bias:

The excerpt below is an example of media bias by OMISSION. It is from the March 8th “CyberAlert”, found at MediaResearchCenter.org. (For a definition of OMISSION, look under “Types of Media Bias” in the right column.)

Though Giuliana Sgrena is hurling accusations that her car did not ignore commands to stop and was fired upon at a checkpoint because she was targeted by U.S. troops in Iraq, with rare exception the networks have not considered relevant to her credibility how she’s a vociferous critic of U.S. policy in Iraq and works for a communist newspaper in Rome. Stories over the weekend and on Monday about the wounding of her and the killing of the Italian agent, Nicola Calipari, who rescued her from her kidnappers, repeatedly described her just as an “Italian journalist,” “Italian reporter” or “former hostage.” NBC’s Keith Miller made a rare exception Sunday night when he identified her newspaper, Il Manifesto, as “communist.” On Monday night, Dan Rather led with how “U.S. troops opened fire on a car carrying an Italian reporter” and “the reporter insists she was deliberately targeted.” Kimberly Dozier soon relayed how “many Iraqi officials have complained American soldiers too often fire first and check what they hit later.”  (For more on this article, click here.)