Friday, December 02, 2005

What the MSM views as slanted coverage of Iraq

The AP reports on military response to the daft pontificating going on over them paying for reports in Iraqi newspapers.

According to AP

The remarks came after days of reports and criticism that the military was covertly planting in the Iraqi media stories that, while factual, gave a slanted, positive view of conditions in Iraq.

Yes, the leftists in the media wouldn't want any positive facts to be revealed. According to them, that would be slanted.

And what, you may ask, is an example of these outrageously slanted stories?
The stories in Iraqi newspapers often praise the efforts of U.S. and Iraqi troops, denounce terrorism and promote the country's reconstruction efforts, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Times said documents it obtained showed that the Baghdad-based newspaper Al Mutamar was paid about $50 to run one of the stories, which had the headline "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism" on Aug. 6.

There you have it. The objections are to reports praising the efforts of the troops (but they support them, right?), denouncing terrorism (how insensitive!), and promoting Iraqi reconstruction (can't have that, the place must be a quagmire of American defeat!). These are "slanted", even though they're "factual".

The real propaganda scandal here is the left wing media in the West: propagandists for terrorists and dictators.

UPDATE: By the way, if the planting of these reports was a "covert" action, shouldn't there be an investigation into the leak of the information?

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