Mainstream media avoids more good news
see "U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division finds 'large cache'" (Pravda, quoting AP, via newsfromrussia.com, 12/21/05)
A friend e-mailed me a story about the Army's 101st Airborne finding a large weapons cache in Iraq, materiel which could be used to make explosives for attacking American soldiers and Iraqi police or civilians. As if that weren't good enough news, it seems that the tip-off about the cache came from a local, likely a Sunni. If true, it would be a great if small sign that mainstream Sunnis are realizing that self-isolation and anti-Americanism is counter-productive.
But that's not what I find so amazing about the story. What stunned me was that when I did a Google News search for "Army 101st cache" or "Army finds cache", there are so few American news outlets who carried the story. Indeed with the exception of the San Jose Mercury News, it seems that among major news outlets, only foreign ones like Pravda and the Guardian (UK) wanted to report anything with a hint of good news for US troops in Iraq.
For those of us who watch Fox News, we might think that reporting about both good and bad in Iraq is nearly balanced. But the truth is that Fox News's share of news viewers is miniscule compared to the major networks. Their transparent anti-American and anti-military bias keeps stories like this one off the air and contributes to Americans misunderstanding what is really happening in Iraq. I don't think it's too cynical to suppose that mainstream media's hatred of President Bush is a primary cause of this behavior.
I don't know how many people will read this blog posting, but at least I know I'm doing more than CBS et al to inform the public that all is not going badly in Iraq.
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