Will the mainstream media be the biggest loser in the War in Iraq? 11/1/07Posted by Steve Boriss in Iraq.
These are dangerous days for the credibility of mainstream media. Things were already looking bad in April of this year when the journalist-respected Pew Research Center revealed some stunning statistics. When asked whether the news media was providing an accurate picture of the Iraq War, those claiming to have a “fair amount” or “great deal” of confidence in them had plunged from 81% to 38% since 2003. Those claiming “no confidence” jumped from a virtually non-existent 1% to 27%. Now that there have been several months of declining casualties signaling a possible U.S. victory, CNN’s Howard Kurtz asked two reporters in the video below why this positive news has been getting so little media attention. Their troubling answers shed a good amount of light on the problems of Modern Journalism.
These reporters are essentially claiming the right to highlight or downplay facts based on how well they fit with their own personal-opinion-templates of how the war is going. Perhaps there is a certain logic to that, but there is no logic for them to be claiming at the same time that they are conducting objective journalism, providing facts that have been scrubbed of opinion. Stranger still has been some recent reporting that acknowledges the positive developments in Iraq, but presents them as bad news, the funniest of which almost reaches the level of self-parody. This McClatchy story bemoans that as casualties have fallen, it is cemetery workers who have been the hardest hit. But, the jury is still out on that — the hardest hit may be mainstream journalists, who are digging their own graves.