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Thread: Majority of Americans View Media Coverage of Iraq as Inaccurate

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    Majority of Americans View Media Coverage of Iraq as Inaccurate

    Most likely to say coverage is too negative




    These results are based on a question included in a late December Gallup Poll Panel survey of a representative sample of Americans.
    Of course, Americans who believe that media coverage of the situation in Iraq is inaccurate could either believe that the media are painting too rosy of a picture of what is going on there. Or they could believe that the news media are painting too negative a picture (as has often been argued by the Bush administration and others who support the Iraq war).


    To analyze these possibilities in more detail, the survey asked those who felt that the coverage was inaccurate to indicate if this belief was based on a perception that the media make the situation in Iraq look better than it actually is, or worse than it actually is.

    As can be seen, by a 61% to 36% margin, those who feel that the Iraq coverage is inaccurate say it is because the media make the situation there appear worse than it actually is.



    Two-thirds of Republicans believe that the news media's coverage of Iraq is both inaccurate and makes the situation there appear worse. Only one-quarter say that news media coverage is accurate.
    On the other hand, a majority of Democrats (55%) say that news media coverage of the situation there is accurate, with most of the rest saying that it is inaccurate and biased toward making the situation there appear better than it really is.


    Independents' views on the issue are between the two extremes of Republicans and Democrats.



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    I think two-thirds of Republicans should take a trip to Baghdad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muscle979 View Post
    I think two-thirds of Republicans should take a trip to Baghdad.
    Seriously. WTF are these people thinking? How is it too negative? We have American soldiers dying over there for crying out loud. And the last two months have been some of the worst of the whole war.

    What is the media supposed to talk about? How Sunni and Shiia are prancing around in dewwy meadows on the outskirts of Baghdad while it rains oil that they all willingly share amongst themselves? Please.


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    If you asked the same people how things are going in the war in Iraq they'd say poorly too. Yet they want more stories about schools? Interesting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DonShula84 View Post
    If you asked the same people how things are going in the war in Iraq they'd say poorly too. Yet they want more stories about schools? Interesting.
    Yeah. I just don't get it. Its freaking WAR. How much good news ever comes out of war? Especially a war we should not have started in the first place and one that the majority of Americans don't support. What do people expect? Quit all of this bull**** partisan crap. Think for yourself peopel!
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    What people fail to understand is that things like the fact that they've managed to keep the electricity on in Mosul for 3 consecutive days or they've opened a new school is simply not newsworthy.
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    instead of building the schools over there, how about we build them over here? god only knows our facilities here at least in this state are a hellhole.
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    I wonder how many of you have heard of this controversy over Jamil Hussein. That guy is supposedly a police captain in Iraq and is a source AP has used often.

    Thing is the US military has often stated his reports are fabricated (some conservative bloggers are having fun pointing out "inaccuracies" in the mass media over this) but I can't yet tell which side is telling the truth

    Anyway, here's an article on the controversy:
    http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/..._id=1003522706

    And here's a blogging site that claims to find such "inaccuracies" in the mass media reports over Iraq:
    http://www.flop*****ces.net/



    Sorry for linking to such stuff, but it's comical ya know

    EDIT: weird that second link doesn't work here.. OK, whatever.. thing is, it contains a specific list of supposed "inaccuracies".
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