-Read the excerpt below from Harold C. Hutchison's post at strategypage.com on May 25th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the question.
A number of stories have been unreported on – or misreported – in the war of terror. The mainstream media is willing to discuss the car bombs. But which of these stories have been the most damaging in terms of not getting out?
- The memos from Saddam’s regime. These memos, often ignored by major mass media outlets (unless targeted for derision), have generally shown the terrorist connections that Saddam’s regime had, and showed that the regime was also interested in acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Far from lying, the Bush Administration had largely been accurate….
- The American efforts in the Horn of Africa. This is a theater of the war on terror where few shots are fired by American forces, but where a small number of American troops have carried out a major strategic offensive that has been largely successful….
- Al Qaeda’s media-based strategy has also been ignored. A better understanding among the American people of what al Qaeda is trying to do would help them understand the events. Instead, the mainstream media is playing along with al Qaeda’s strategy.
- The true level of progress in Iraq has also been ignored. Rather than the entirely gloomy picture the mainstream media has portrayed, what has happened is that al Qaeda has largely been defeated in Iraq. Three elections have been held, and have resulted in the second real democracy in the Middle East.
- Afghanistan is also a subject of misreporting. In one recent case of misreporting, the media recently focused on headlines indicating a hundred dead. The details were hidden – 87 of the 100 killed were Taliban fighters who were killed in a series of attacks, the other 13 were Afghan police.
This misreporting has become a constant pattern, and it is costing the United States. In a real sense, the mainstream media’s failures will not end the war, but will instead prolong it and make it more costly.
For the complete report, go to StrategyPage.com.
Do you agree with Mr. Hutchison’s assertion about the media based on his examples? Explain your answer.
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