You all hear me whining daily about the subtle, and not so subtle, liberal bias in the main-stream media. You rarely witness members of the MSM openly showing their bias. This weekend we did. Here's the account...
As CNN's Howard Kurtz accurately pointed out on Sunday's "Reliable Sources," few media outlets seemed at all interested in giving much attention to the great news out of Iraq last week regarding September's sharp decline in casualties.
To Kurtz's obvious frustration, his guests - Robin Wright of the Washington Post and Barbara Starr of CNN - both supported the press burying this extremely positive announcement.
After introducing the subject, Kurtz asked, "Robin Wright, should that decline in Iraq casualties have gotten more media attention?"
This was Wright's amazing answer, "Not necessarily. The fact is we're at the beginning of a trend -- and it's not even sure that it is a trend yet. There is also an enormous dispute over how to count the numbers. There are different kinds of deaths in Iraq.
There are combat deaths. There are sectarian deaths. And there are the deaths of criminal -- from criminal acts. There are also a lot of numbers that the U.S. frankly is not counting. For example, in southern Iraq, there is Shiite upon Shiite violence, which is not sectarian in the Shiite versus Sunni. And the U.S. also doesn't have much of a capability in the south.
So the numbers themselves are tricky."
You can't report the numbers because they're tricky, huh? Well I don't remember the numbers being tricky when the news was bad from Iraq. Oh, that's because good news from Iraq doesn't fit nicely into the America-losing-the-war template that the MSM stridently longs for.
If the news is bad for America they defend their reporting of it with, "Well, the numbers are what they are. Numbers are facts. They are unequivocal. We just report the numbers. There's no arguing with the numbers. Bush must answer for these numbers."
But if the numbers are good for America, they are dismissed with derision because they don't support what CNN wants, which is for America to lose in Iraq. Americans dead in Iraq justify their hatred of George Bush. So they say, "Well, the numbers are tricky. You can't trust the numbers. We don't know how they're counted. It's far too early to give any credence at all to these numbers."
You see how that works? The media have a vested interest in America losing in Iraq and nothing pleases them more than a high American body count, because it puts pressure on Bush. What's good for America is bad for the media, and what's bad for America is good for the media. It's no coincidence that 95% of the biased main-stream media is democrat.