Who's Fighting, Why? and How?

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    News is a business. Networks compete for viewership. If you reported nationally about "inane" drunk driving deaths or heart disease statistics, no one would watch you or read you. The networks have to make money. That's the "why". Everyone is inherently "more interested" in a headline like "7 Marines die in rocket attack" than "heart disease continues to kill". This is true across all boundaries, hitting the greatest common denominator. Liberals, conservatives, moderates alike all click on the headlines to read the stories, even if they wish the stories weren't there to begin with. I agree with the premise of the essay, but it doesn't (and can't) really offer any comprehensive solutions to the problem. Its a polemic that existed before the war in Iraq, and will exist after the United States withdraws. The news doesn't necessarily tell us what is most valuable (this doesn't mean "most uplifting", as war-supporters generally lament a lack of) but tells us what we'd be interested in watching/reading/hearing.
     
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    It raises an interesting question though. If your point is correct (and I personally agree with it), the next question to ask is why? Why would Americans be more interested in reading about how Iraqi insurgents have killed American soldiers than in reading about how American soldiers have killed Iraqi insurgents?
     
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    Or, how American soldiers have contributed positively to Iraqi society. Which they have.
     
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    i have always wondered this.... why does the media focus on the bad...every nightly news cast starts and ends with death and destruction...can you remember a news cast that didn't have so and so was murdered, run over hit kicked shot....why? are you saying the american people prefer bad news news?....and if true....whay aren't they reporting that the entire (pick your country) is then on the brink of civil war because of the crime?
     
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    Not enough death and destruction in that story. Car crashes where everyone dies make the front page. Teenagers helping grannies cross the road don't.

    In Iraq though, there are 2 stories of death and destruction though. So why does the media focus on the death and destruction when Americans are on the losing end and ignore (or tone down) the stories where the Iraqis lose? If you fell for the American stereotypes of "we are the best, the most powerful, blah blah blah", you would think that the opposite would be true.
     
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    Spooky, we wrote that at exactly the same time. :tinfoil:
     
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    you seem to be unaware of what is taught in journalisim school
     
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    2 minutes appart dude...don't get all i see deaf monkeys on me
     

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