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Negative U.S. Media Linked To Increased Insurgent Attacks (Harvard U: MSM Is Emboldening Insurgents
Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2008 | Shawn Waterman

Posted on 03/24/2008 6:24:16 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist

Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a "measureable effect" on insurgents there.

Periods of intense news media coverage in the United States of criticism about the war, or of polling about public opinions on the conflict, are followed by a small but quantifiable increases in the number of attacks on civilians and U.S. forces in Iraq...

The increase in attacks is more pronounced in areas of Iraq that have better access to international news media, the authors conclude in a report titled "Is There an 'Emboldenment' Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency in Iraq."

... "We find that in periods immediately after a spike in anti-resolve statements, the level of insurgent attacks increases," says the study...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


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The talk from Democrats about how we are losing the war in Iraq... the war is lost... the MSM's negative drumbeat on the war in Iraq... leftists/Democrats in the US enabling the MSM's negative drumbeat - all of this is helping to kill US military personnel.
1 posted on 03/24/2008 6:24:18 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: All

What say you?


2 posted on 03/24/2008 6:25:22 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

wow. it took the ivy league to get a headline out of something Tsun Tsu could have told you; indeed, a jr high schooler could have figured out.


3 posted on 03/24/2008 6:25:44 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Free New York)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist; abb; SandRat; river rat

This is saddening, but not shocking.


4 posted on 03/24/2008 6:26:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Those in the national Republican leadership do the work of three men- Moe, Larry, and Curly.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
This study hits the nail on the head. It is, though, an inherently obvious conclusion.
5 posted on 03/24/2008 6:28:50 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

duh


6 posted on 03/24/2008 6:30:06 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Someone better tell the MSM, the Democrat Party and Dems/left-wingers. They apparently are too stupid to figure it out.

But, actually, I imagine they know they are emboldening insurgents in Iraq.

They (the MSM, Dems, Democrat Party, left-wingers, etc, etc) aren’t pro-US military.


7 posted on 03/24/2008 6:30:15 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

I say anyone with a brain knew it. I also say the media won’t talk about it.
susie


8 posted on 03/24/2008 6:30:34 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a "measureable effect" on insurgents there.

It is refreshing on those occasions when common sense emanates from Harvard.

9 posted on 03/24/2008 6:30:40 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Is frickin’ Harvard waking up?


10 posted on 03/24/2008 6:30:40 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

What would our founding fathers have done with a press like we have today????


11 posted on 03/24/2008 6:30:45 PM PDT by homeguard ((Charlie Don't Surf!))
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To: Drango

Look at post #7. Sums it up.


12 posted on 03/24/2008 6:31:13 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Holy crap! This came out of The Peoples’ Republic of Cambridge, Massachusetts??? I’m looking to the west at sunrise tomorrow morning.


13 posted on 03/24/2008 6:31:23 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

We at FR already knew that and it took a Harvard Study for them to sorta acknowlede it — sheesh what Moroons!


14 posted on 03/24/2008 6:31:59 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Here is the actual study, if anybody chooses to read it:

http://people.rwj.harvard.edu/~riyengar/insurgency.pdf


15 posted on 03/24/2008 6:32:01 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: homeguard

They would most likely be tried for treason for emboldening insurgents in Iraq.

What should happen now that there is evidence to back up that treason may be at work here?


16 posted on 03/24/2008 6:32:44 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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And people wonder how it was that I invented the term, “ENEMEDIA,” so easily...


17 posted on 03/24/2008 6:33:02 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: homeguard
What would our founding fathers have done with a press like we have today????

Are you watching the John Adams series on HBO? The answer should be coming up soon. Listen for the words Alien, Sedition, and acts.

And the press was actually way more rabid back then.

18 posted on 03/24/2008 6:33:50 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: markomalley

Thanks for the link. I saved it to read later.


19 posted on 03/24/2008 6:35:48 PM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: RandallFlagg

The 4th estate has morphed into a 5th column.


20 posted on 03/24/2008 6:36:10 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: markomalley

Thanks for providing the link. Saved me from having to provide it.


21 posted on 03/24/2008 6:36:32 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

I think a more accurate and less politically headline would’ve been “Negative U.S. Media Killing Our Troops in Iraq”.


22 posted on 03/24/2008 6:36:42 PM PDT by adorno
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

So Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have caused the deaths of some of the 4,000 soldiers killed in Iraq by their pronouncements of defeat and surrender. Instead of giddily celebrating this milestone, the msm should be questioning the patriotism of Democrats in and out of Washington D C who have behaved like traitors during these five years of war.


23 posted on 03/24/2008 6:36:48 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
This is or has been unknown to those of us here. What is truly unfortunate is the effect of the msm on the ill informed electorate who believe the reprobates in the msm.

The msm will dismiss this report and through their denial they will continue to enable the blame America first crowds. Thank GOD for the new media where the work of the media is done properly....

24 posted on 03/24/2008 6:37:06 PM PDT by The Forgotten Man (He works, he votes, generally he prays--but he always pays....)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist; Dr. Eckleburg

I wouldn’t necessarily say they are “emboldening” insurgents.

I would be inclined to say: “signaling” to insurgents.


25 posted on 03/24/2008 6:38:42 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: NonValueAdded
It just seems like the MSM is completely out of control. At what point do Americans stand up to the MSM and how do they do it???
26 posted on 03/24/2008 6:38:46 PM PDT by homeguard ((Charlie Don't Surf!))
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To: The Forgotten Man; All

They won’t suceed in dismissing Harvard.

Anyway, that would be a worthless diversionary tactic on their part.

They must be pressed to deal with the issues at hand - which Harvard raises.


27 posted on 03/24/2008 6:39:37 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: xzins

In the end, though, the MSM/Democrat’s actions & negative drumbeat are clearly anti-US military.


28 posted on 03/24/2008 6:42:12 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
I imagine they know they are emboldening insurgents in Iraq.

Its up to the White House to do something about it.

Absolutely unacceptable to let the MSM and democrat enemy at home run amok unmolested, to sap the nations morale and embolden the enemy.

I blame Bush.

Lincoln jailed people for far less.

29 posted on 03/24/2008 6:42:33 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

I agree with you 100%!


30 posted on 03/24/2008 6:43:43 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: Rome2000

+1 Its way past due for action......


31 posted on 03/24/2008 6:44:52 PM PDT by homeguard ((Charlie Don't Surf!))
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To: Rome2000

Dems and the MSM have pretty much blamed Bush for just about everything.


32 posted on 03/24/2008 6:46:01 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: xzins

Thanks.


33 posted on 03/24/2008 6:46:16 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist (Keep working! Welfare cases and their liberal enablers are counting on you!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Telling us nothing new ...

That Lying Bastard Walter Cronkite handed "victory" to the Viet Cong 40 years ago, and the Lying Bastard MSM have been trying desperately to recapture his "glory" ever since.

34 posted on 03/24/2008 6:48:09 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: homeguard
Freedom of the press doesn't mean working to actively defeat the US war effort.

A few people need to be made examples of.

Some of the perverted SOB's on Capitol Hill too.

35 posted on 03/24/2008 6:49:44 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Ummm.... Duh!!
Why do they think we get so angry about the negative coverage
36 posted on 03/24/2008 6:50:20 PM PDT by phs3 (Call a terrorist a freedom fighter, I call you the enemy.)
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To: Rome2000

Yep.


37 posted on 03/24/2008 6:50:49 PM PDT by homeguard ((Charlie Don't Surf!))
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

When you see the code pink freakos, the Cindy Sheehan’s,
and the anti-war ‘sediti’crats....you can tell them that
the blood of American soldiers and innocent Afghanis/Iraqis
are on their hands.....and NO amount of Obama ‘holy’ water
will wash it away.........


38 posted on 03/24/2008 6:50:59 PM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

bump


39 posted on 03/24/2008 7:02:44 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

I never had any doubt; I have always said that the hysterical Abu Ghraib coverage killed at least a thousand Americans and untold numbers of Iraqis. I’m just amazed that anyplace like Harvard went ahead with this study.

Of course, I note that no other media outlets have reported this study, and I’m not holding my breath.


40 posted on 03/24/2008 7:11:43 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: denydenydeny
Harvard also has it's conservatives. Harvard Salient
41 posted on 03/24/2008 7:22:57 PM PDT by posterchild ("Congress does two things very well: one is nothing and two is overreact." - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
If it means regaining power for the democrats none on them give a damn how many bodies are strewn across the battlefield. Lets just call a spade a spade. They learned their lesson well during Vietnam. Damn them to hell.
42 posted on 03/24/2008 7:30:01 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Something smart outta Harvard.


43 posted on 03/24/2008 7:32:13 PM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

When do we move out?


44 posted on 03/24/2008 7:33:40 PM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

See tag line.


45 posted on 03/24/2008 7:51:43 PM PDT by enduserindy ("The MSM isnít stupid, itís just really good at looking surprised." - me, just now.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Image hosted by Photobucket.com well duh...
46 posted on 03/24/2008 8:08:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©ģ)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
How many Iraqi kids are dead because of the MSM? Quite a few, is my guess.

---Army Dad (of an Iraq vet), Army Vet ('71-'13).

47 posted on 03/24/2008 8:36:01 PM PDT by cookcounty (Obama reach across the aisle? He's so far to the left, he'll need a roadmap to FIND the aisle.)
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To: markomalley; neverdem; george76; jveritas; Allegra; Ernest_at_the_Beach; PGalt; PurpleMan; ...
It seems to me that some superb analyst would be able to attribute civilian and military deaths to the Dems and their cohorts by using this study.
48 posted on 03/24/2008 8:38:27 PM PDT by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
What if a reporter asked Obama about this? What if a reporter asked anybody about this?

---No more invites, no more speeches at journalism schools and unending cold hard stares in the newsroom. There's no loyalty like Press loyalty.

49 posted on 03/24/2008 8:38:56 PM PDT by cookcounty (Obama reach across the aisle? He's so far to the left, he'll need a roadmap to FIND the aisle.)
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To: Rome2000
Some Senators ought to turn thee tables on a Sunday morning on this crap and tell the truth.

Problem is, at least 98 of the 100 Senators love their re-elections more than they love their country.

50 posted on 03/24/2008 8:42:29 PM PDT by cookcounty (Obama reach across the aisle? He's so far to the left, he'll need a roadmap to FIND the aisle.)
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