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One sided coverage of Iraq

National Review contributing editor Deroy Murdock believes that the media overlooks many achievements in Iraq ranging from a new water treatment plant in Kirkuk and 3000 refurbished schools to increasing petroleum exports and internet users, as well as a vibrant and free press. He concludes:

While journalists should not whitewash Iraq’s mayhem, they should cover the accomplishments of U.S. personnel, soldiers from the 27 other nations with boots on the sand, and the Iraqis who are rebuilding their country — never mind the evildoers’ blasts and billowing smoke.

Jeff Gedmin, Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin, accuses the media of focusing on terrorist attacks, while ignoring the good news, for example the near absence of attacks in 10 of the 18 Iraqi provinces in the first half of 2005 or the positive aspects of Iraq's draft contitution. In his latest Die Welt column, Gedmin wonders:

Kommen unsere Journalisten jemals auf die Idee, "nützliche Idioten" der Terroristen zu sein? Manche wünschen den Terroristen sogar den Sieg. Roland Heine von der "Berliner Zeitung" gibt das zu. Er schreibt, die Dschihadisten und ihre Verbündeten hätten das moralische und legale Recht, die "Besatzer" und ihre einheimischen Hilfskräfte zu töten.

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Numerous opinion polls indicate that more and more Americans are critical of the US governments job in Iraq, consider the war a mistake and demand a withdrawal of the troops. 14,641 members of the US military have been wounded and 1,911 have been killed.

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Chris on :

No doubt the media fixates on the numbers and the blood, and that is a disservice. But the media also glosses over Badr control of a great deal of the south -- except for Steven Vincent, and look where that got him. Coverage in Iraq has been problematic for so many reasons. If it bleeds it leads is one. Fear, and legitimate fear at that, is another. But those peaceful provinces are hardly the gold standard of a developing, democratic Iraq. They are but the beginnings of a SCIRI or Kurdish super-region: Civil war.

SB on :

I agree with Chris. Civil war is likely not just due to the high number of attacks, but also becasue of disagreements concerning federalism etc. Iraq will be like the Balkans in the 90s. Regarding the mainstream media: Well, they are just morons as you can watch online at http://crooksandliars.com/

JS Narins on :

It isn't a free press there. I've heard that any journalist who uses the word "insurgent" rather than "terrorist" will be arrested. Afraid I don't have a link for you, but don't simplify it by calling it a "free" press. In America, if the NY Times stopped pushing the Government line they'd get disinvited to all "backgrounder" and "deep backgrounder" (off the record) type stuff. They wouldn't be able to (as easily) maintain their position without that sort of privileged access. The US press is not free, either.

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