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Monday, June 12, 2006
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As News Of A U.S. Military
Success Spreads …
STUDY: TV TRUMPETS
MILITARY SCANDALS, BUT CONTINUES TO HIDE HEROISM
Networks Bury Stories of America’s Heroes And Instead Devote Hours of
Airtime To Unproven Charges”
Alexandria, VA—As the U.S. military
eliminated terrorist menace Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Media Research
Center released a new study documenting the media’s practice of
highlighting unconfirmed allegations of military misconduct while
ignoring proven military heroism. The new study found the networks
in the past three weeks produced more than four times more
coverage of alleged misconduct than they’ve produced about America’s
top heroes in the War on Terror in the past five years.
“Today, the American people want to take a victory lap with our
military,” said Media Research Center President Brent Bozell. “They
want to thank the troops for their skill, courage, and heroism. But
the media don’t want to commend our troops. Our study found the
networks bury stories of America’s heroes, and instead devote hours
of airtime to unproven charges.
Key Findings of
new study “Touting Military Misdeeds, Hiding Heroes”
In only three weeks, the networks devoted 3 hours
and 30 minutes to misconduct allegations connected to Haditha,
compared to a mere 52 minutes of reporting on the top 20 military
heroes since September 2001.
14 of the country’s top 20 military medal
recipients have gone unmentioned by ABC, CBS and NBC – stories that
are proven, public information, not held in secret.
CBS presented more than twice as much coverage
(28½ minutes) of these 20 heroes as either ABC or NBC (each about 11
minutes, 45 seconds).
schedule an interview with MRC President Bozell or an MRC
spokesperson, please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen
O’Boyle (x. 122) at 703.683.9733.
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