If it bleeds, It leads

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    This is good. Long read but worth it.

    Media's coverage has distorted world's view of Iraqi reality



    By LTC Tim Ryan
    SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
    Tuesday, January 18, 2005
    Editors' Note: LTC Tim Ryan is Commander, Task Force 2-12 Cavalry, First Cavalry Division in Iraq. He led troops into battle in Fallujah late last year and is now involved in security operations for the upcoming elections. He wrote the following during "down time" after the Fallujah operation. His views are his own.


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    Photos by CPT Joseph James, 2-12 CAV
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    All right, I've had enough. I am tired of reading distorted and grossly exaggerated stories from major news organizations about the "failures" in the war in Iraq. "The most trusted name in news" and a long list of others continue to misrepresent the scale of events in Iraq. Print and video journalists are covering only a fraction of the events in Iraq and, more often than not, the events they cover are only negative.
    The inaccurate picture they paint has distorted the world view of the daily realities in Iraq. The result is a further erosion of international support for the United States' efforts there, and a strengthening of the insurgents' resolve and recruiting efforts while weakening our own. Through their incomplete, uninformed and unbalanced reporting, many members of the media covering the war in Iraq are aiding and abetting the enemy.

    The fact is the Coalition is making steady progress in Iraq, but not without ups and downs. So why is it that no matter what events unfold, good or bad, the media highlights mostly the negative aspects of the event? The journalistic adage, "If it bleeds, it leads," still applies in Iraq, but why only when it's American blood?

    As a recent example, the operation in Fallujah delivered an absolutely devastating blow to the insurgency. Though much smaller in scope, clearing Fallujah of insurgents arguably could equate to the Allies' breakout from the hedgerows in France during World War II. In both cases, our troops overcame a well-prepared and solidly entrenched enemy and began what could be the latter's last stand. In Fallujah, the enemy death toll has exceeded 1,500 and still is climbing. Put one in the win column for the good guys, right? Wrong. As soon as there was nothing negative to report about Fallujah, the media shifted its focus to other parts of the country.

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    Good report from someone who is on the scene every day and knows what is going on. Fox should work out something with the Dept. of Defense to have this guy cover the WOT for them as one of their "on site" reporters. Forget about Fox--why isn't the DOD using him in this way? Heavens knows, we could use someone with his reporting talents to counterbalance the slew of negative war reporting thrust upon us every day by the liberal media with its not-too-hidden war agenda.
     
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    Thats the way news works, bad news is the best news, its not a left or right agenda, thats just what gets the ratings. I mean isnt that really any tv shows ultimate goal, to get more people to watch it?

    With all do respect to the cmdr, if hes there everyday wouldnt his views be very localized and slanted to how his current assignment was going? Any military as a matter of practice tells its soldiers things are going well to keep troop moral from going in the gutter.
     
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    BZZZZZZZZZZZZ Wrong---- it's to sway opinion to make most money !!!1
     
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    Good point, just kind of publically kills the journalism industry's claim of ethical standards and unbiased reporting and someone right to know.

    Actually his views would be slanted towards accomplishing his mission. AS a task force commander, he cannot tolerate biased info. It would interfere with mission planning.
     

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