"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Move Along. There's Nothing to See Here

Look for a bigger post of stuff from the Sunday morning talk shows later this afternoon, but this one has to stand alone.  If you are among those who believe reporters in Iraq are ignoring the good stories, preferring to focus on the negatives,  read this transcript.  That's simply not the reality.

Lara Logan smacked down the "negative Iraq War Coverage" charges  

I'll have the video up a little later. The media was assailed all week by the administration trying to pass the meme that the press is too negative. Instantly, the right wing pundits picked up the theme. Howard Kurtz, who told Wolf Blitzer that the coverage on Iraq is too negative also received an earful from Lara Logan.

Let's expand a bit, shall we?

You know, I just have a question. I mean, the coverage -- they don't like the coverage, maybe, because we were sold a different ending to this story three years ago. We were told we'd be embraced as conquering heroes, flower petals strewn in the soldiers' paths, unity government would be formed, everything would be rosy. This, three years after the fact, the troops would be home. Well, it's not turning out that way. And if somebody came into New York City and blew up St. Patrick's Cathedral and in the resulting days they were finding 50 and 60 dead bodies on the streets in New York, do you suppose the news media would cover it? You're damn right they would. This is nonsense: "It's the media's fault the news isn't good in Iraq." The news isn't good in Iraq. There's violence in Iraq. People are found dead [...]


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