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  • Study: Media Self-Censored Some Iraq Coverage

    03/19/2005 7:40:35 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 794+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Mar 18, 2005
    Study: Media Self-Censored Some Iraq Coverage Mar 18, 2005 NEW YORK Many media outlets self-censored their reporting on the Iraq (news - web sites) invasion because of concerns about public reaction to graphic images and content, according to a survey of more than 200 journalists by American University's School of Communications. The study, released Friday, also determined that "vigorous discussions" about what and where to publish information and images were conducted at media outlets and, in many cases, journalists posted material online that did not make it to print. One of the most significant findings was "the amount of editing...
  • Taliban Picking Favorites for Frontline War Coverage

    11/01/2001 8:56:35 AM PST · by kattracks · 16 replies · 190+ views ^ | 11/01/01 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Afghanistan's Taliban government is granting access to the front lines for favored U.S. TV networks, while those expected to give negative coverage are priced out of the market with exorbitant visa fees, the New York Times reported Thursday. "Reporters on the scene and news executives in the United States said that winning entry to the (front lines) depended on being a news outlet that the Afghan rulers wanted to use to convey their message. But it was also the result of having the right connections — or in the parlance of foreign correspondents, the right 'fixer.'" In terms of connections, ...
  • CNN Chief Orders 'Balance' in War News

    10/30/2001 8:01:04 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 103 replies · 816+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/31/2001 | Howard Kurtz
    Reporters Are Told To Remind Viewers Why U.S. Is Bombing The chairman of CNN has ordered his staff to balance images of civilian devastation in Afghan cities with reminders that the Taliban harbors murderous terrorists, saying it "seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties or hardship in Afghanistan." In a memo to his international correspondents, Walter Isaacson said: "As we get good reports from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, we must redouble our efforts to make sure we do not seem to be simply reporting from their vantage or perspective. We must talk about how the Taliban are using civilian shields ...
  • Nightline producer:"...if we make it too clean, then maybe we make it too easy to go to war again."

    04/01/2004 8:53:43 AM PST · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 217+ views
    Mudvillegazette ^ | 04/01/04 | Mudvillegazette
    Atrocities in Fallujah and Elsewhere I warn you, what follows is in many regards more repulsive than the pictures and videos from Fallujah. Read at your own risk. WASHINGTON — Every war or disaster contains moments that become defining images: a napalmed girl or a gun to the head in Vietnam, the body of a U.S. soldier dragged through a Somalian street. It is not clear whether the 80 seconds of video Wednesday showing images of charred American bodies being beaten and dangled from the steelwork of a bridge over the Euphrates River will come to define the war in...
  • U.S. newspapers publish graphic image of charred bodies in Iraq; most U.S. networks hold back

    04/01/2004 11:38:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 213+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-1-04 | CHERIE HENDERSON
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- Major newspapers ran graphic photos Thursday of charred bodies of Americans killed in Iraq, while the images were largely shunned by American television as too horrific.</p> <p>Eight photographs of the Fallujah attack, including corpses being dragged in the streets and hanging from a bridge, were transmitted Wednesday by The Associated Press with an advisory to editors to "Note graphic content."</p>
  • Mr. Jennings’s Medal [Columbia Journalism Review Alert]

    01/08/2004 12:35:21 PM PST · by GeneD · 16 replies · 374+ views
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | January/February 2004 issue
    A study of television news coverage of the war in Iraq says ABC’s World News Tonight was the most antiwar — far more than CBS, NBC or Fox. — USA Today, September 9 Antiwar? What are we to make of that word, exactly? For starters, it brings to mind a twelve-year-old study on press coverage of the Catholic Church by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, the same outfit that did the study mentioned above. The findings then: press coverage is anti-Catholic. The center, which works to maintain a neutral image, did not use exactly those words but did...
  • Fox fattens lead on CNN in peak year for cable news

    01/06/2004 1:26:42 PM PST · by outfield · 19 replies · 183+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/6/04 | CAROLINE WILBERT
    News from Iraq made 2003 a good year for ratings at cable news networks -- and it was especially good at Fox News. Fox, the cable ratings leader for the past two years, widened its lead over Atlanta-based CNN. Fox averaged 1.02 million viewers at any given moment, a 53 percent increase from the year before. CNN averaged 665,000, a 24 percent increase. Fox grew the most in prime time, averaging 1.7 million viewers for the 8 to 11 p.m. time slot, a 45 percent increase. CNN averaged 1.1 million, a 22 percent increase. Fox also grew slightly more than...
  • TV News Turned Sour on Bush After Iraq War Ended

    12/19/2003 7:14:11 AM PST · by bert · 20 replies · 380+ views
    Center for Media and Public Affairs ^ | December 17th, 2003 | Matthew T. Felling
    December 17th, 2003 Contact: Matthew T. Felling (202) 223-2942 TV News Turned Sour on Bush After Iraq War Ended Study: President's Coverage Dipped Sharply After “Mission Accomplished” Event WASHINGTON, DC- Evaluations of President Bush on the network evening news shows dropped from 56 percent positive during the Iraq war to only 32 percent positive during the six months that followed the end of formal military activity, according to a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA). Coverage of Bush administration policies nose-dived from 49 percent positive to only 26 percent positive, a 3-to-1 negative ratio, during...
  • Saddam Hussein Cornered, With The Networks In Hot Pursuit

    12/16/2003 9:31:54 AM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 8 replies · 229+ views
    TVSPY Shoptalk ^ | 12-16-2003 | Tom Shales
    So this was the man who had terrorized nations and murdered millions. He looked more like one of those sad old urban alcoholics who make their homes in alleys out of cardboard boxes. But as television viewers saw early Sunday, it was in fact the face of Saddam Hussein, the infamous Iraqi dictator who along with terrorist monster Osama bin Laden had been one of the two most hunted men in the world. CNN, the pioneering cable news network, was first to note -- at 5:03 Sunday morning -- that reports indicated Hussein had been captured, pulled, in effect, out...
  • Turn on Nightline - good report from inbedded reporting during invasion of iraq

    12/04/2003 8:53:28 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 14 replies · 215+ views
    abc | 12/4/03 | abc
    Someone will get fired for this. Unbelievably, an actually pretty good report on Nightline. Following the troops, from homefront to just began the invasion. Now in commercial.
  • Garbage Time(Dead U.S. soldiers can’t compete with Laci/Kobe/Jacko on "the network America trusts.")

    11/23/2003 9:11:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 256+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 11/24/2003 | Paul Beston
    NEW YORK -- On the cable networks there is plenty of talk about Iraq, from speculation about quagmire to the political ramifications for 2004. But there is little enthusiasm for reporting on American soldiers themselves or paying brief tribute to the lost, beyond a constant updating of the death figures. Like some kind of grim jayvee team, U.S. soldiers who have fallen in the "postwar" don't count for as much as those who had the good sense to die when everyone was watching. The only soldier any broadcast outlet seems eager to discuss is Jessica Lynch, whose story no one...
  • Arnot Reports on The Real Iraq

    11/17/2003 12:32:36 PM PST · by KMAJ2 · 5 replies · 190+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Nov. 10 thru 14, 2003 | Bob Arnot
    <p>This is, by far, one of the best series of reports on what is really happening in Iraq that I have seen. In the comments section underneath I will provide the links to the reports. It is long, but well worth the read.</p> <p>Right now let’s to go Baghdad for the real story in Iraq and MSNBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, Bob Arnot.</p> <p>Bob, thank you for joining us. It’s in the middle of the night over there. I want to ask you, are we getting anywhere in Iraq?</p> <p>Excerpted.</p>

    11/14/2003 9:04:46 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 99 replies · 4,814+ views
    MRC ^ | Friday, November 14, 2003 11:24:19 | BrentBaker
    U.S. TV network news about Iraq as distorted as al- Jazeera?Checking in from Iraq on Wednesday's Hardball with Chris Matthews as part of that show's look this week at "Iraq: The Real Story," Bob Arnot highlighted a Muslim ayatollah in Iraq who "is furious at the press coverage. He says not only American television, but Arabic satellite TV, such as Al-Jazeera and the Abu Dhabi station, have mis-portrayed the great success that is Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein." Arnot, MRC analyst Geoffrey Dickens noticed, documented how "Iraqis themselves are angrier than the American administration about the barrage of...
  • It’s Bagh-SPAN: Bremer Bunch Will Broadcast

    11/12/2003 9:45:01 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 3 replies · 435+ views
    NY Observer ^ | 11/12/03 | Joe Hagan
    Live from Baghdad, fair, balanced and direct, it’s Bush TV. The Coalition Provisional Authority running Iraq, created by the Bush administration, dissatisfied with the American television news decisions on covering the conflict, is about to create its own broadcast operation, with the capacity to bypass the networks, live from Iraq, 24 hours a day."We’ve had to rely on events covered by the networks and their interpretation, and their feed back to the United States," said Dorrance Smith, the former ABC News producer and an advisor to President Bush and his father, now senior media adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority."That’s...
  • MSNBC’s Arnot Contradicts Media Image of Iraq in Violent Chaos

    11/12/2003 12:19:57 PM PST · by Pikamax · 14 replies · 190+ views
    MRC ^ | 11/12/03 | Brent Baker
    MSNBC’s Arnot Contradicts Media Image of Iraq in Violent Chaos Bob Arnot, who rarely appears on NBC News programs, popped up Monday night on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews to contradict the image of chaos in Iraq hyped by the media. Launching Hardball’s week-long series, “Iraq: The Real Story,” Arnot recounted the challenges faced by troops in hostile areas, but countered the negative image of the Iraqi situation he knows Americans get from TV news. Arnot argued: “The real question is, given all the death and destruction that you see on television in the United States, what’s the real deal...
  • In Baghdad, NBC Comes Under Fire, Twice [will boil your blood]

    11/10/2003 5:36:49 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 7 replies · 308+ views
    It was a world exclusive for NBC's Jim Miklaszewski, the only television reporter able to show footage of the devastating attack on a Baghdad hotel that narrowly missed Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.snip... Gary Thatcher, communications chief for the U.S. occupation authority [said,] "Instead of rendering or summoning aid, they focused on gathering video footage of people in agonizingly painful situations . . .snipSays Miklaszewski..."Our impression was that this was an attempt to censor the news. This event shot holes in the administration's insistence that everything was going well in Baghdad."
  • Verdict mixed on 'embedded' reporters

    11/06/2003 3:31:34 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 213+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/6/03 | UPI
    <p>CARDIFF, England, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A study conducted for the BBC of reporters embedded in military units during the Iraq war has produced a mixed verdict.</p> <p>Cardiff University analysts, in a study announced Thursday, concluded such reporters were generally able to preserve their objectivity, but the practice raised serious concerns in several areas.</p>
  • Embedded reporters 'sanitised' Iraq war

    11/05/2003 11:57:07 PM PST · by Prodigal Son · 4 replies · 209+ views
    Guardian ^ | November 6, 2003 | Matt Wells
    Television reports produced by "embedded" correspondents in the Iraq conflict gave a sanitised picture of war, according to an academic study published by the BBC today. Researchers found that although reporters who accompanied the British and US military were able to be objective, they avoided images that would be too graphic or violent for British television. Some of the coverage resembled a "war film". Today, a senior BBC news executive will make a controversial case for desanitising the presentation of war on British television. In a speech to a conference of broadcasters in Budapest, Mark Damazer, deputy director of BBC...
  • Too much war on TV, say viewers

    10/20/2003 7:02:35 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 9 replies · 327+ views
    Guardian ^ | 10/21/03 | Steven Morris
    Too much war on TV, say viewers Steven Morris Tuesday October 21, 2003 The Guardian Most viewers felt broadcasters devoted too much time to coverage of the Iraq war, according to a survey published today. Nearly two thirds of those questioned by the Independent Television Commission said station planners were wrong to give over so much of their schedules to the conflict. There was concern that the views of some parties, such as the Iraqi people and governments opposed to the war, were not heard clearly enough. Some viewers also questioned the impartiality of reporters "embedded" with British and American...
  • War coverage study shows BBC won less trust than rivals

    10/20/2003 2:24:59 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 2 replies · 182+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 10/21/03 | Ian Burrell
    The public considered BBC television coverage of the Iraq war less objective than that of its commercial rivals, a watchdog revealed yesterday.The Independent Television Commission reported that both BBC1 and BBC2 were judged to be less "fair" in their coverage than Channel 4, Five, Sky News and ITV. The findings were released while the BBC is bracing itself for Lord Hutton's report into the death of Dr David Kelly, which is expected to criticise the corporation's journalistic standards.The ITC findings suggest that the traditional public respect for the objectivity of BBC journalism is on the wane.Of 4,000 television viewers polled,...
  • THE GOOD NEWS TIPPING POINT? (News Coverage on Iraq)

    10/10/2003 9:44:27 AM PDT · by NYC Republican · 44 replies · 265+ views ^ | 10/10/03 | Tom Bevan
    It looks as if we've reached the point where we are finally starting to see the media reporting some of the good news coming out of Iraq. I'm not sure whether this is a product of the heated criticisms leveled at U.S. news organizations in recent weeks by everyone from pundits to members of Congress returning from Iraq, or whether it's that our progress there has reached the point where it's become simply undeniable. Perhaps it's a combination of the two. In my opinion we're still nowhere near receiving truly balanced coverage of the situation in Iraq, but it's fair...
  • Study hits war views held by Fox fans (moronic study alert)

    10/08/2003 6:10:40 AM PDT · by mhking · 86 replies · 812+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 10.4.03 | David Folkenflik
    Heavy viewers of the Fox News Channel are nearly four times as likely to hold demonstrably untrue positions about the war in Iraq as media consumers who rely on National Public Radio or the Public Broadcasting System, according to a study released this week by a research center affiliated with the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs. "When evidence surfaces that a significant portion of the public has just got a hole in the picture ... this is a potential problem in the way democracy functions," says Clay Ramsay, research director for the Washington-based Program on International Policy Attitudes,...
  • Media Muzzled On Iraq - But By Whom?

    09/26/2003 8:00:43 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 14 replies · 274+ views
    Accuracy In Media (AIM) ^ | September 26, 2003 | Notra Trulock
    Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s senior foreign correspondent, thinks that journalists censored themselves during the war in Iraq. She told CNBC’s Tina Brown that "the media was muzzled" and "intimidated" and that a "climate of fear and self-censorship" inhibited coverage of the war. The culprits: the Bush administration and its "foot soldiers at Fox News." (Ironically, one media watchdog has declared CBS the "most pro-war" in its coverage.) But when challenged to cite a story that she was prevented from reporting, she came up short. She could only point to a "question of tone." "It’s really a question of really asking the...
  • Amanpour: CNN practiced self-censorship.

    09/15/2003 12:31:48 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 33 replies · 373+ views
    USA Toady (Oops! Today) ^ | Posted 9/14/2003 11:18 PM | Peter Johnson
    <p>CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship."</p> <p>As criticism of the war and its aftermath intensifies, Amanpour joins a chorus of journalists and pundits who charge that the media largely toed the Bush administrationline in covering the war and, by doing so, failed to aggressively question the motives behind the invasion.</p>
  • Amanpour: CNN practiced self-censorship (afraid of Bush and FOX)

    09/14/2003 11:12:35 PM PDT · by July 4th · 36 replies · 250+ views
    USA Today ^ | 14 Sept 2003 | Peter Johnson
    <p>CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship."</p> <p>As criticism of the war and its aftermath intensifies, Amanpour joins a chorus of journalists and pundits who charge that the media largely toed the Bush administration line in covering the war and, by doing so, failed to aggressively question the motives behind the invasion.</p>
  • Amanpour: CNN practiced self-censorship, intimidated by the Bush administration and Fox News

    09/14/2003 11:12:49 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 109 replies · 1,254+ views
    USATODAY ^ | 09/14/03 | Peter Johnson
    <p>Amanpour: CNN practiced self-censorship CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship." As criticism of the war and its aftermath intensifies, Amanpour joins a chorus of journalists and pundits who charge that the media largely toed the Bush administrationline in covering the war and, by doing so, failed to aggressively question the motives behind the invasion.</p>
  • Fewer people turning to evening News

    08/11/2003 7:36:29 AM PDT · by bedolido · 46 replies · 265+ views
    New York Times ^ | 08/11/03 | Jim Rutenberg
    Has the nation's television audience burned out on serious news? American soldiers are dying in Iraq almost daily; questions continue to swirl around the Bush administration's case for the invasion there in March; and U.S. Marines are poised off the coast of Liberia. At home, decisions by the Supreme Court prompted national debates on affirmative action and gay rights; a basketball star stands accused of sexual assault; and the California governorship hangs in the balance. And yet, television news viewers are tuning out. The total evening news audience on the broadcast networks has been lower this summer than it was...
  • Suffering News Burnout? The Rest of America Is, Too (CBS,ABC,CNN,MSNBC all way down, only Fox is up)

    08/11/2003 3:14:50 PM PDT · by Timesink · 59 replies · 537+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 11, 2003 | Jim Rutenberg
    August 11, 2003 Suffering News Burnout? The Rest of America Is, TooBy JIM RUTENBERG as the nation's television audience burned out on serious news? Kuni Takahashi/Boston Herald, via Reflex News; ReutersDespite a number of serious news events playing out this summer — like the war in Iraq, above, and the civil war in Liberia — television news programs have been drawing fewer viewers than last year. American soldiers are dying in Iraq almost daily, questions are continuing to swirl around the Bush administration's case for the March invasion and United States Marines are poised off the coast of Liberia....
  • Call to War (The latest in wireless war-reporting gear)

    08/05/2003 7:46:33 AM PDT · by mhking · 2 replies · 188+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 2003 | Christopher Albritton
    Pay no mind to the massive convoy of media trucks outside the Palestine Hotel in Iraq's occupied capital. They're passé. The age of the modern wired war reporter is here, and it doesn't lie with the TV crews. In April, I decided to cover the war in Iraq as a mobile war reporter, meaning I had to travel as light as possible. I spent a month in a post-post-modern experiment, running a mobile wire service using e-mail, a satellite phone and a laptop--as well as a fair amount of guts and insanity. My gear performed superbly, after a few initial...
  • Selling the Story of Failure

    07/29/2003 8:21:08 PM PDT · by BraveMan · 12 replies · 249+ views
    Creator's Syndicate (Media Research Center) ^ | July 29, 2003 | L. Brent Bozell III
    In a recent newspaper profile, CNN anchor Aaron Brown is captured trying to be witty as he cobbles together his "Newsnight" show. He asks his co-workers, "So what the hell are we going to sell here?" There’s an easy answer if you watch television: failure. For most of the post-war period, the networks have sold us failure. The details change here and there, but the pitch remains the same. Failure to find weapons of mass destruction. Failure to work with do-nothings at the UN. Failure to restore water and electricity supplies even as saboteurs seek to undo every good deed....
  • Bad-News Networks

    07/28/2003 10:17:09 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 189+ views
    National Review ^ | July 28, 2003 | Angela J. Phelps
    t's 7:05 P.M. on Wednesday, July 23, and I'm channel surfing the networks to hear the latest on the war. On Tuesday, unconfirmed reports that Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, had been killed were floating the airwaves. So, naturally, I'm eager to hear what had transpired throughout the day. NBC confirms the report, but immediately bashes the U.S. military for using "such heavy firepower to take down a few lightly armed men." Interesting. Quickly fed up, I flip over to ABC where reporters insist that the operation was a failure because the military didn't take the diplomatic route and...
  • Americans want facts and flags

    07/14/2003 8:35:26 PM PDT · by arasina · 6 replies · 216+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 14, 2003 | Mark Jurkowitz
    THE MEDIA Americans want facts and flagsBy Mark Jurkowitz, Globe Staff, 7/14/2003 The American public may want its coverage of the war on terror straight down the middle, but it wants it delivered by people who share its patriotism. That's the finding of a new Pew Research Center survey of 1,200 Americans and their media habits and views. It comes amid an ongoing debate within journalism circles about whether embedded reporters, flag logos on TV screens, and the undiscovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq suggest American news organizations were too jingoistic or complacent in their coverage of the war...
  • Viewers Demand More "Patriotic" Coverage

    07/14/2003 3:54:46 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 10 replies · 164+ views ^ | 7-14-03
    A substantial segment -- 46 percent -- of the American public believes that the news media are becoming too critical of America and that such criticism is weakening national defense, according to findings by a Pew Research Center poll. The vast majority of those surveyed -- 70 percent -- also believes that the media ought to take a more pro-American stand in its reporting of the U.S. actions in Iraq and the war on terrorism. The Pew survey further found that those who are the most critical of the media are likely to be devotees of the Fox News Channel.
  • Public wants patriotic but unbiased reporters

    07/14/2003 4:00:06 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 203+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/14/03 | Jennifer Harper
    <p>Americans want their journalists to show some patriotism, respect the public, increase accuracy and lessen bias, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released yesterday.</p> <p>Seventy percent of the respondents said news organizations should embrace "a decidedly 'pro-American' viewpoint," the poll stated; among conservative Republicans, that figure stood at 85 percent. In comparison, 51 percent said the organizations "stand up for America."</p>
  • The American Media in War time

    07/09/2003 5:44:23 AM PDT · by bert · 10 replies · 391+ views
    The American Media in WartimeI’m going to begin by reading some samples from the American media coverage of the Iraq conflict. I admit to finding them delightful. Before the war began, my colleague and friend, the ever-voluble Chris Matthews of NBC, said that if we go to war in Iraq, “[It] will join the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, Desert One, Beirut and Somalia in the history of military catastrophe.” NBC analyst General Barry McCaffrey predicted that, if there were a battle for Baghdad, the U.S. could take “a couple to three thousand casualties.”R. W. “Johnny” Apple, the legendary New York...
  • The American Media in Wartime

    06/02/2003 6:35:03 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 24 replies · 2,417+ views
    June Imprimis The American Media in Wartime Brit Hume Brit Hume was named FOX News’s managing editor and chief Washington, D.C., correspondent in January 1997. He is host of Special Report with Brit Hume and a regular panelist on FOX News Sunday. Prior to joining FOX News, he was a broadcast journalist with ABC News for 23 years, including 11 years as Capitol Hill correspondent and eight years as chief White House correspondent. He began his career as a newspaper reporter with the Hartford Times, the Baltimore Evening Sun and United Press International. Mr. Hume was awarded an Emmy...
  • Fox: No. 1, No Apologies Managing editor Hume says conservative rap has liberal origins

    05/27/2003 9:06:34 PM PDT · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 69 replies · 348+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 5-28-2003 | Mark Washburn
    If you want to waste your time, try engaging Brit Hume in an argument by telling him his Fox News cable network is transparently conservative, a cheerleader for the Bush administration and a mouthpiece for the right wing. "If we were a right-wing channel, that would make us different," he replies. "I'm sure that it looks that way to people who are used to the very liberal American news media." Hume, managing editor of the Fox News Channel and chief Washington correspondent, is making no apologies these days about being different. Fox News was the No. 1-rated cable news network...
  • Fox News Special Iraq War on now Leventhal, Kelley , Oliie North and more

    05/25/2003 11:21:37 PM PDT · by fly_so_free · 7 replies · 279+ views
    Fox Special is on now about the reporters who covered the Iraq War. It was really good. I saw it earlier, its being repeated now. It has commentary by Rick Leventhal, Greg kelly, Col. North and also one of the Producers and a camera man. They all had interesting things to say about their expierences. My only complaint was that it was too short. You could spend an hour with each of them and I would watch it without budging from the TV.
  • Scrap this sick BBC film now

    05/23/2003 8:55:06 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 7 replies · 297+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | 05/24/03 | JOHN KAY
    Victim ... Staff Sgt Simon BBC bosses were branded a disgrace last night for deciding to screen video of two dead British soldiers. The sickening footage shows the bodies of Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth, 36, and Sapper Luke Allsopp, 24. The pair — said to have been executed by Iraqis after being ambushed in Gulf War II — were filmed lying in a dusty street. Devastated relatives still mourning the soldiers accused BBC chiefs of being heartless and begged them to axe the clip. It is due to be shown on BBC2 a week from Sunday. Simon’s heartbroken widow Alison...
  • Jennings Defends Coverage of Iraq War

    05/22/2003 2:34:11 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 30 replies · 599+ views ^ | 5-22-03
    ABC News anchor Peter Jennings has defended his network's coverage of the war in Iraq after it was strongly rapped by Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly (a former ABC newsman himself), who charged it was "the most skeptical" of the U.S. led effort. "O'Reilly is not the only person to have decided that," Jennings told the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday. "There are a number of militant conservatives or activist conservatives or whatever you want to call them, who decided that our coverage was liberal and Fox's was accurate. ... I don't quite understand it, because I don't see it in...
  • Calif. Editors Critique Iraq Coverage

    05/17/2003 9:03:38 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 5 replies · 229+ views
    AP ^ | May 17, 2003 at 18:46:51 PDT | By MICHAEL WARREN
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - California newspapers devoted considerable resources to the war in Iraq, sending reporters and photographers into harm's way and trying to provide balanced, accurate and comprehensive coverage of battlefield and homefront developments. But even some of the largest newspapers struggled to make sense of rapidly changing events and conflicting information, their editors acknowledged Saturday during the Associated Press News Executives Council's annual meeting. "I don't think any of us were prepared to handle the deluge of fragmentary images that dominated the first two days," said David Yarnold, editor of the San Jose Mercury News. Yarnold also...
  • Ashley Banfield's Bench Getting Warmer.. [30 Rock Insiders Say She's Finished at NBC]

    05/12/2003 7:29:37 AM PDT · by ewing · 80 replies · 1,728+ views
    NY Newsday ^ | May 12, 2003 SGT | Marvin Kitman
    At times, [during the Iraq War] Ms. Banfield sounded like she was Press Secretary for Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah .Still, she could be a big news star someday. She is sexy and attractive, articulate and smart. And the press loved her.But now she is being sent to Coventry for opening her cute little mouth.This was amazing. Why was NBC News President himself bothering to squelch this little pipsqueak when she squeaked in Kansas?They are so upset with Banfield at 30 Rockefeller Center that insiders are saying that her career is finished at NBC, if not elsewhere.
  • Fox News Slips to Fourth in Cable Ratings

    05/09/2003 7:43:16 AM PDT · by ArcLight · 70 replies · 407+ views
    Zap2It ^ | 5/8/2003
    On May 1, President Bush addressed the nation to announce victory for Iraq, but while his speech brought solid ratings for Fox New Channel, it may also have sounded a death knell for the station's run of cable dominance. For the weekend ending Sunday, May 4, TNT was the most watched cable channel in primetime, averaging 2.52 million viewers per night. HBO was second with 2.19 million viewers. Nickelodeon averaged 2.04 million for third. After dropping to second last week, FNC fell two more spots to fourth, with 2.02 million viewers. Rounding out the Top Five was the Cartoon Network,...
  • U.S. TV lost focus on war, says editor

    05/06/2003 2:38:23 PM PDT · by Chirodoc · 22 replies · 346+ views
    New Haven Register ^ | May 06, 2003 | Mary E. O’Leary
    NEW HAVEN — A senior editor at Newsweek, Michael Hirsh, told a Yale audience recently that he was "fairly appalled" by television’s coverage of the Iraqi war. "This has not been the media’s finest hour," he said. Hirsh, who won the Overseas Press Award in 2001, said war broadcasts from Great Britain and Canada were so different from American broadcasts that one might have thought they were covering two different wars. He called American TV "self- absorbed" and "jingoistic" and said the natural skepticism of the media was lost after 9/11. Hirsh was on a panel with Ernesto Zedillo, director...
  • Television Networks Had Limited Attention Span for President's Speech on Iraq

    05/01/2003 8:58:33 PM PDT · by John W · 22 replies · 202+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | May 1,2003 | David Bauder
    NEW YORK (AP) - Television networks carried President Bush's speech Thursday from a color-splashed aircraft carrier deck, but many appeared to have a limited attention span. Less than two minutes after Bush stopped talking, CBS' Dan Rather introduced an episode of TV's most popular show, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." NBC was back to a "Friends" episode that had been interrupted in midstream. Fox showed cops arresting criminals. ABC stayed with news, but within 10 minutes was telling about a young New York City actress killed by her ex-boyfriend. The contrast with extensive airing of pictures from Baghdad when the Iraq...
  • CNN Caught Live With FNC Showing on Navy Carrier's TVs

    05/01/2003 1:09:37 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 40 replies · 355+ views
    MRC ^ | 11:55am EDT, Thursday May 1, 2003 | BrentBaker
    A bit of a humorous moment on CNN on Wednesday afternoon when Kyra Phillips, their reporter aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, realized, "I hate to say it," that the TVs in the pilots' ready-room were tuned to the Fox News Channel. Phillips quickly dismissed it as part of the Navy system in which "you've got to get a little bit of every network." MRC analyst Ken Shepherd caught this candid moment which occurred at 1:13pm EDT as Phillips relayed a question from anchor Miles O'Brien, about how the pilots watch landings, to a Navy pilot who explained that...
  • Action and reaction, particularly in cable news

    04/30/2003 10:36:56 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 220+ views ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2003 | by Ross Mackenzie
    OK, kids. Let's all sit down for a status report on the American press... The Second Iraq War, and 9/11 before it, were high press moments. The decision to "embed" reporters in American and British units at long last sensitized the press to the military and probably set the standard for how future conflicts will be covered. Call the Iraq coverage whatever you like - judgmental, cynical, cheerleady, jingoistic - it and 9/11 briefly raised readership and viewership in realms where a disappearing audience is the fundamental concern. Since 1994, adult readership of daily newspapers has declined from 49 percent...
  • NBC News Signs Ex-ABC Correspondent Engel (Pretty Chicken changes networks)

    04/30/2003 6:29:30 PM PDT · by mhking · 17 replies · 539+ views
    AP | 4.30.03 | David Bauder
    NEW YORK - NBC News has swooped in and signed Richard Engel, a former freelancer who became one of ABC's most visible war correspondents when he stayed in Baghdad while other reporters left. Engel, 29, will begin reporting for NBC from Baghdad in early May, the network said Wednesday. In the days before the war, ABC, NBC and CBS all pulled reporters from Baghdad, concerned about their safety, and didn't send them back until American troops reached the Iraqi capital. Engel, a freelancer, decided to stay. Despite inexperience that occasionally manifested itself as boyish enthusiasm, Engel was used frequently on...
  • CNN, MSNBC Falling Faster Than Fox

    04/30/2003 12:43:40 AM PDT · by Timesink · 22 replies · 385+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 30, 2003 | Andrew Grossman
    CNN, MSNBC Falling Faster Than Fox April 30, 2003By Andrew Grossman NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - All three major cable news services have reason to boast based on their April ratings, although judging by last week's results, some networks are falling to their usual numbers faster than others as the Iraqi war winds down. And the broadcast networks also had reason to smile as its evening news viewership turned up 7% last week compared to the previous week, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Big Three's lack of gains during the Iraqi war brought a new flood of speculation about...
  • Ashleigh Banfield Chided Over Criticisms

    04/29/2003 8:18:51 AM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 23 replies · 309+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 29, 2003 | Hollywood Reporter
    NBC's Banfield Chided Over Criticisms NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC News president Neal Shapiro has taken correspondent Ashleigh Banfield to the woodshed for a speech in which she criticized the networks for portraying the Iraqi war as "glorious and wonderful." Banfield delivered her remarks Thursday at Kansas State University. "She and we both agreed that she didn't intend to demean the work of her colleagues, and she will choose her words more carefully in the future," an NBC spokeswoman said Monday. Other sources inside NBC said Banfield promised, in effect, not to do it again and to check her...