Saturday, September 24, 2005

How MSM Reporting From Iraq Misleads Everyone and Distorts The Truth

G.M. Roper (via InstaPundit) presents a devastating open-source analysis of the systemic (I won't say systematic) bias in the MSM coverage of the war. He also posts this great Chris Muir cartoon on the subject:



Roper's post will enlighten you and infuriate you. It may also depress you-- it certainly left me discouraged. As compelling as the information is, it takes careful reading of solid writing like Roper's to comprehend the extent of the bias problem. Most of the general public won't make that effort. Blogs are great, but I wish the White House and larger media outlets could expose the bias on a larger scale.

My pessimism aside, good for the blogosphere. Someone's got to expose this journalistic deficiency, and the MSM surely won't do that.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Those staffing the MSM do indeed have a leftish bias. Denying that means that you are only fooling yourself because the rest of us can see what the bias is, clear as day"

Wow, that sure is some devastating analysis you got there. The brilliance of it is staggering.  

Posted by Kam Fong

Saturday, September 24, 2005 6:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kam Fong, your comment would be a lot more interesting if you would do more than simply take a sentence out of context from Roper's post and pretend that was what the post was all about. Hello? 

Posted by The

Saturday, September 24, 2005 7:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have now read the Roper piece and all associated links and comments and still can't get over the fact that a fine conservative such as Mr. Roper is actually arguing that an American corporation should put the good of the people in front of good old fashioned American business practices. It is usually my left leaning friends who are out there arguing everyday that corporations should look out for the public good.

Anyway, when the "MSM has a left bias argument" comes up my usualy response is, "So? The right should should go and get themselves more in the media. You know, buy a network, or dominate talk radio, or..." Oh, wait, the republicans already have all that.

Speaking of fooling yourself, if Mr. Roper believes that editors and reporters are not beholden -- at least in some small way -- to their corporate masters, then that is what he is doing, fooling himself.

Thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinion, Mr. Hedgehog. 

Posted by Roger

Sunday, September 25, 2005 2:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have now read the Roper piece and all associated links and comments and still can't get over the fact that a fine conservative such as Mr. Roper is actually arguing that an American corporation should put the good of the people in front of good old fashioned American business practices. It is usually my left leaning friends who are out there arguing everyday that corporations should look out for the public good.

Anyway, when the "MSM has a left bias argument" comes up my usualy response is, "So? The right should should go and get themselves more in the media. You know, buy a network, or dominate talk radio, or..." Oh, wait, the republicans already have all that.

Speaking of fooling yourself, if Mr. Roper believes that editors and reporters are not beholden -- at least in some small way -- to their corporate masters, then that is what he is doing, fooling himself.

Thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinion, Mr. Hedgehog. 

Posted by Roger

Sunday, September 25, 2005 2:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger: The right should should go and get themselves more in the media. You know, buy a network, or dominate talk radio, or..." Oh, wait, the republicans already have all that."

Roger, you are correct, Fox News has a rightward tilt much of the time, if not the vast majority of the time. Talk radio is in fact dominated by the right and the few left attempts at it have been utter and complete failures. One of them even managed to get their hands on more than 4/5ths of a million bucks from A Boys and Girls Club and now can't pay it back. But you know what? The right on radio and on Fox generally admits it's bias. The MSM steadfastly maintains that it isn't biased in spite of all the evidence.

But if you think bias is the point of the story, you missed something. The point of the story is that the MSM is flat out misleading the American public regarding the War on Terror in general and the war in Iraq in particular; and they are doing it for political reasons. That is bias beyond the pale because it is totally dishonest.  

Posted by GM Roper

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 5:59:00 PM  

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