Daily Wisdom

May 22, 2005

Anti-Military Bias in the Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated talk show host, Terry Moran, the Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News, admitted that there is an anti-military bias in the Mainstream Media (MSM)...
There is, Hugh, I agree with you, a deep anti-military bias in the media. One that begins from the premise that the military must be lying, and that American projection of power around the world must be wrong. I think that that is a hangover from Vietnam, and I think it's very dangerous.

Anti-military bias in the MSM? Really? I decided to see for myself if there was any truth to this allegation. I went through some of the headlines that related to the military in the NY Times over the last week, and here is what I found...

Newsweek Retracts Account of Koran Abuse by U.S. Military
By CHRISTINE HAUSER and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, Published: May 16, 2005

Soldier Is Found Guilty in Abu Ghraib Abuse
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Published: May 17, 2005

2 Officers Punished in 2003 for Abusing Iraqi Detainees
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Published: May 18, 2005

Generals Offer a Sober Outlook on Iraqi War
By JOHN F. BURNS and ERIC SCHMITT, Published: May 19, 2005

Red Cross Reported Koran Abuses
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, Published: May 20, 2005

Afghan President 'shocked' By U.S. Abuse Report
By REUTERS, Published: May 21, 2005

Army Faltered in Investigating Detainee Abuse
By TIM GOLDEN, Published: May 22, 2005

I don't know, do these headlines sound anti-military to you? Perhaps the first one is a bit negative. It even uses the phrase "Koran Abuse by U.S. Military". But all the rest? Why, I don't see anything in those headlines that might suggest an anti-military bias. In the May 18th article, the AP even went back to 2003 to find something nice to say about the military.

You be the judge.

7 Comments:

At 5/22/2005 3:04 PM , Blogger Kajun said...

Maybe if they would print the headline this way:

Newsweek Retracts Account of 'KORAN ABUSE BY U.S. MILITARY'

we could deduce that this might be a negative story about the military. I am amazed that they didn't do this!

 
At 5/22/2005 3:15 PM , Blogger camojack said...

I am disabused to disagree with the allegation...

 
At 5/22/2005 3:30 PM , Anonymous Hawkeye® said...

camo,
I am ever impressed with your vocabulary... I had to look up disabused to make sure it was a real word.

 
At 5/22/2005 3:33 PM , Anonymous Hawkeye® said...

kajun,
You're right. I too am surprised they couldn't find a way to make it more negative. (They were probably just gloating too much over the misfortunes of a competitive media outlet).

 
At 5/22/2005 7:35 PM , Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye® said:
camo,

I am ever impressed with your vocabulary... I had to look up disabused to make sure it was a real word.


Words Я Us; remember, the pen is mightier than the sword!
(Thanks go to Kajun for the "Я")

 
At 5/24/2005 9:29 AM , Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Bias can be determined by what stories are covered as much as how they cover them. Can you find anything in the headlines that suggests the military is doing anything good? Where are the accounts of the insurgents killed? Why is it always the U.S. military casualties?

 
At 5/24/2005 9:51 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

pat'srick,
Yeah, it seems to me that during WWII, the media used to run some great stories about the heroism of our military. You know, positive and uplifting stuff. Where is that today?

 

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