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June 18, 2003
Media Bias Or Routine Coverage?

When it's FOX, it can be hard to tell if a history of the way they jumped on reports of threatened usage or discovery of Iraqi WMDs is blind partisan support or just a case of FOX doing what a lot of the other national media outlets were doing...keeping expectations at fever-pitch to keep readers/viewers coming back for frequent news updates.

What I'd like to see is a less-inflammatory but more comprehensive history of how the, say, six largest national media outlets covered the "WMD issue" in the 60 days leading up to the invasion and the 60 days following. As amusing as the Left finds it to mock O'Reilly, I'd be more interested in comparing and contrasting the reporting of a wider group of news outlets.


By the way, for those interested in "original sources," here's a slow-loading .pdf (took me forever to get it saved to my hard drive so I could read it) of the OIG Homeland Security investigation of assistance rendered to the Texas Republican Legislators. It has, of course, been edited to keep top-secret national security information out of the hands of us troublemakers. Ahem.

Seriously. It's important to read the summary page that clearly explains what was not investigated and to notice what names and other information have been blacked out. The one point I got from it was that people looking for "missing" airplanes should work through the FAA and that a lot of man-hours, between local airports and local police, were used for this search.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:32 PM