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June 27, 2005

The MSM Coverage of the Military - the 'Right' Way As Viewed By The Public

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

Michelle Malkin comments on the Stephen Spruiell at The Media Blog and his highlights of the new Pew Research survey showing the American public's dissatisfaction with MSM coverage of the military.

Spruiell writes:
This rising dissatisfaction with press coverage of the military doesn't mean, however, that the public wants the press to become a propaganda outlet for the Pentagon. A large majority consistently agrees that "neutral" coverage of the war is better than coverage that is explicitly "pro-American," but the public simply doesn't think it is getting neutral coverage. Public perceptions of political bias in the press are up to 60 percent from 53 percent in 2003, and 72 percent think the press "favors one side in politics."

These numbers combined with declining favorability ratings for all news media suggest that it is time for a reorientation in the way the press covers the military. This study suggests that almost half of the population thinks that press coverage of the military -- suspicious, cynical, focused on the negative -- is weakening the nation's defenses. In order to realign themselves with their audiences' priorities, the news media must start treating critics of the military with the same skepticism they apply to Pentagon spokesmen.

Michelle notes that the New York Times now acknowledges its shortcomings, and according to E&P, executive editor Bill Keller has announced a new "diversity" initiative. But Michelle believes that it's much too little, and much too late, and that the MSM has been left in the dust by milbloggers and alternative media. (She asks, "Who needs the NYT with far superior reportage and analysis from the likes of Austin Bay, Michael Yon, Mudville Gazette, Blackfive, Belmont Club, and Victor Davis Hanson--for starters--available at your fingertips?")

Michelle offers several updates worth reading, among them, that  Iowa bloggers are covering a related MSM screw-up by an anti-war columnist. First, read the controversial column here. Then read here and here for the real story.

And on a related note via Michele, Buzz Patterson, in conjunction with Move America Forward, is headed to Baghdad with 10 other radio talk show hosts from July 10th through July 15th to give you the straight scoop on the progress being made in Iraq. Cassandra at Villanous Company has more details.

Read more at Michelles post ...

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