|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 17, 2006
|CONTACT: TIM SCHEIDERER OR
COLLEEN O’BOYLE AT 703.683.5004
MRC’S BRENT BOZELL: MEDIA
TO REPORT POSITIVE NEWS FROM IRAQ
Major News Outlets
Ignore Report on Fewer U.S. Casualties in 2005.
Alexandria, VA—The following is a statement
issued by Media Research Center President Brent Bozell concerning
front-page story about the tally of wounded US
troops decreasing in the Iraq War in 2005. Bozell notes that the
majority of the national media ignored this positive development:
“USA Today should be commended for their balanced coverage of
the Iraq war by reporting the significant decline of overall
casualties in yesterday’s story ‘U.S. tally of wounded drops 26%.’
This good news certainly deserves the same attention that negative
war-related headlines continually receive. USA Today
recognized the importance of the story and ran it on its front page.
But the rest of the media continue to demonstrate their pessimistic
bias about the war by failing to cover this important development.”
“Over and over again, the national media find the time and space to
cover negative news on the war. They must begin highlighting
contrasting news as well – especially if the highest-circulated
newspaper in the nation deems it front-page worthy. But the New
York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and
Fox News Channel did not mention this encouraging news.
“Because of the story’s prominence in USA Today, no one has
an excuse for disregarding this story. Claiming ignorance of this
news is akin to admitting job incompetence,” Bozell concluded.
For a review of the media’s reporting record on the Iraq War, please
see MRC's Special Report "TV's
Bad News Brigade: ABC, CBS and NBC's Defeatist Coverage of the War
schedule an interview with MRC President Bozell or another MRC
spokesperson, please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen
O’Boyle (x. 122) at 703.683.5004.
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