May 23, 2005

Rumors of War

The LA Times has run a very important story on the way the Iraq War is being covered in pictures:

To measure how American publications have depicted the war in pictures, The Times reviewed six months of coverage from Iraq. The period from Sept. 1 of last year until Feb. 28 of this year included the U.S. assault on Fallouja and the escalating insurgent attacks before January's election.

Despite the considerable bloodshed during that half-year, readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Washington Post did not see a single picture of a dead serviceman. The Seattle Times ran a photo three days before Christmas of the covered body of a soldier killed in the mess hall bombing. Neither Time nor Newsweek, the weekly newsmagazines, showed any U.S. battlefield dead during that time.

War like most human endevors, is complecated enought that it can be covered in many, many ways. What we are getting on this war is largely bloodless.

Craigorian Chant is offering nothing but positive coverage of the war. Check this video out from our good friends the British. Very Funny.

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