|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 07, 2001
|FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Katie Wright (703) 683-5004, ext. 132
MRC REPORT DOCUMENTS BIAS IN ABC’s WAR COVERAGE
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Despite overwhelming
evidence in a just-released Media Research Center report cited in
today’s New York Times that ABC’s World News Tonight’s
war coverage has become increasingly biased, anchor Peter Jennings
refuses to investigate. The Times reported today that “Mr.
Jennings disputed accusations of bias but said he did not have time to
investigate the critics’ claims.” The report is titled ABC’s
War: U.S. Military vs. Afghan Civilians, and is available now
found that of the three commercial network evening broadcasts from
October 8 – the first day that damage assessments were available –
through October 31 ABC’s World News Tonight devoted nearly
four times as much of its newscast to unconfirmed Taliban claims of
civilian casualties as the CBS Evening News, and almost twice
as much as NBC Nightly News.
plain arrogance. How can Jennings deny bias while simultaneously
refusing to look at the evidence of bias? Then again, maybe that’s
how he denies bias,” Bozell said.
CBS and NBC
have actually reported on how the U.S. military has taken great
measures to avoid hitting civilian targets and how many pilots have
returned to aircraft carriers with many of their bombs because they
were told to abort certain missions that might result in civilian
casualties. CBS has also quoted Afghans who have contradicted Taliban
claims of civilians being targeted. On October 12, CBS’s Jim Axelrod
found refugees who said the charges of high civilian losses in Kabul
were a Taliban-created fiction, but no such claims were found on World
NBC have been showing much more balance than ABC,” Rich Noyes, the
MRC’s Director of Media Analysis, told the New York Times.
information on the Media Research Center or to schedule an interview with
a spokesperson please contact Katie Wright at
(703)-683-5004, ext. 132.
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