Saturday, March 25, 2006

Criticism OF MSM's Iraq Coverage Abounds

Tom Bevan of RCP has a good piece on the media backlash on the MSM's handling of the war in Iraq, and definitely makes some interesting points.

When people are sold a bill of goods over and over/ad nauseum , there are a certain amount of people that are going to buy into it after awhile.

"I keep hearing this, it must be true", may be a passing thought of many people, these days. The soccer mom, the little league dad, the busy career person that must absorb themselves into their jobs (in order to remain employed), and other people that have very little time to properly analyze news, all are vulnerable targets of the very subtle (and in some cases, not so subtle) manipulations of the mainstream news media.

But as Tom points out:

(Emphasis mine)

...nobody is blaming the media for the situation on the ground, only for largely failing to present a balanced picture of what's taking place in Iraq. There is also an implication, however, that by providing so much of a one-sided, negative picture of the war the media is buoying the hopes and spirits of the insurgents and making things harder on our troops, as well as depressing public opinion back here at home.

This is precisely why Fox News is killing both CNN and MSNBC, in the ratings. They (Fox)are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and are certainly worthy of criticism, from time to time. But on the whole, they have been much closer to what a news organization should be.

The lack of balance has not only been a catalyst in the rise of FNC, but the blogosphere, as well. When bloggers began harping on the pre-election fraud committed by both Dan Rather and CBS (the Guard paper forgeries), they established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.


A.C. said...

Bush actually praised bloggers the other day as a way to get the word out (he was referring to any good news from Iraq). But your point is well-taken. Some of my friends don't have time to search blogs or DOCEX postings and trust ABC news much more than say Little Green Footballs.

All_I_Can_Stands said...

Two things Bush said this week pleasantly surprised me. One is what a.c. mentioned praising bloggers. The other was using the term "Islamofascist". The funny thing about Bush is that he fumbles around with the english language so much, yet he always seems to get out what he wants to say.

LASunsett said...

I missed the blogger comment but I have heard him use the term Islamofascism before. But not much. It was only recently that he started using it.

Bush is not eloquent in his speech, not in the least. But, like AICS says, he gets his point across rather well.