Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The (Non)Objectivity Of CNN

When CNN did not show the Danish Cartoons portraying Mohammed, it was a perfectly legitimate decision. CNN stated that this decision was made in order to avoid inciting further conflict or uproar over the cartoons.

However, when CNN chose to run the newly released, highly inflammatory Abu Ghraib photos, the station put itself in direct contradiction with its earlier statements. The Abu Ghraib photos have just as much potential to fuel protest and anger in the Arab world as the cartoons. Therefore, logically, they should have received the same treatment as the cartoons.

But not at CNN.

Why the difference in handling the two issues? Given that the publication of both the cartoons and the photos will hurt our efforts in the GWOT, making the job of our soldiers harder and thereby endangering their lives, what separates the two issues in such a way that CNN can choose to handle them differently?

The answer: the Abu Ghraib photos give CNN a chance to take a shot at the Bush administration. The Abu Ghraib photos relfect poorly on the White House, whereas the cartoons are merely a foreign piece of hate material.

In other words, CNN's decision making process has nothing to with concern for unnecessarily offending Muslims or instigating more riots, but it has everything to do with seizing any opportunity to make the administration look bad. The network's bias agaisnt the president is as blatant as ever in this exmaple, and it would be foolish not to recognize it.

CNN has joined the ranks of The New York Times and The Washington post as yet another MSM outlet bent on bashing the president and his party.