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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Officer writes on Western media bias in Iraq

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Ryan, Commander, Task Force 2-12 Cavalry, First Cavalry Division:
I have had my staff aggressively pursue media coverage for all sorts of events that tell the other side of the story only to have them turned down or ignored by the press in Baghdad. Strangely, I found it much easier to lure the Arab media to a “non-lethal” event than the western outlets. Open a renovated school or a youth center and I could always count on Al-Iraqia or even Al-Jazeera to show up, but no western media ever showed up – ever.

Also more on Operation River Gate to clear Haditha and other central-western Iraqi towns.

Interesting fact: Fallujah now as 8 Iraqi and 3 US battalions.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/05/2005 02:18:00 pm


Blogger Chris said...

So Al-Jazeera is willing to show the pro-US side? ie the opening of new schools? Did I read that right?

10/05/2005 04:22:00 pm  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

There's a fairly obvious reason why the Western media is not showing up and it's got nothing to do with bias and everything to do with self preservation.

10/05/2005 04:42:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Ackers1 you are a cracked record.

10/05/2005 04:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Self preservation? Fox News has the highest ratings of any TV news in the US and they're the only ones putting even the tiniest positive spin on Iraq. The other news organizations are dying because of their biasis, not in spite of it. No one trusts them and that's why people like me are out on the blogs.

10/06/2005 02:09:00 am  

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