Sunday, March 05, 2006

MSM Selective Reporting

The MSM loves to selecitvely quote people of opposing viewpoints. Doing so allows the major media outlets to fake support for their message.

But when the MSM starts misusing statements from our military commanders in order to avoid or downplay the successes of the war, I tend to get quite upset.

As a result, I feel the need to pass along this from The Mudville Gazette:

In a recent press briefing General George Casey (the commander of Multinational Forces in Iraq) countered virtually every inflated claim made by the media regarding Iraq's recent "civil war" in the wake of the Shrine bombing in Samarra. But there are significant disconnects between what Gen Casey said and how his words are reported...

The media is free to dispute the General's claims - that's expected of them. But in this case they aren't, they are simply using his words selectively in a manner that supports their own previously published fictions. There's no law that says U.S. media outlets are required to report accurately or completely on comments made by military or government officials. Likewise there are no requirements for media outlets to acknowledge that they are printing unverified claims made by "other parties" in the war as confirmed "news" - as was the case in the aftermath of the Shrine bombing (See here and here). But consumers of those reports should be aware of their flaws.

If it weren't for reliable milblogs like The Mudville Gazette, I'm not too certain that some of these misrepresentations wouldn't go unnoticed.

I recommend you read the entire post. (HT: Instapundit)