How The Networks Framed The War To Turn Public Opinion Against It

If you want to know why so many Americans rightfully don’t trust the mainstream media and have, again rightfully, ripped the MSM for aiding America’s enemies and slanting what has happened in Iraq, then just look at these comments,

“On Tuesday’s “Good Morning America,” co-host Chris Cuomo and media critic Howard Kurtz ignored the role that liberal bias has played in the decline of ratings for the network evening newscasts. At the same time, Cuomo and Washington Post reporter seemed to be proud of the media’s ability to turn Americans against the war in Iraq. Kurtz, who has written a book on the subject, asserted, “I believe that these newscasts in 2005 and 2006 played the biggest single role in helping to turn public opinion against the war.

Cuomo agreed and complimented the journalist’s analysis. He enthused, “It’s easy to say, ‘Oh, well. The war was unpopular. People were looking for the unpopularity of it. At some point, the networks gave that to them.’ But you have a more penetrating look at it. You take a look at it in terms of the role of the nightly newscasts in shaping the ideas about the news…” According to Kurtz, the top three network anchors kept “framing the story in such a way” that the bad news finally had an impact. And while the two reporters wondered about the effect the iPod and internet are having on network low ratings, at no time did they discuss liberal bias or salient facts such as that journalists backed John Kerry over George Bush by a two-to-one margin.”

There was a time in this country, when the mainstream media was more patriotic and much less liberal, when the overwhelming majority of journalists actually wanted the US to win wars we were engaged in. Now, you’ve got journalists happily explaining how the media played a part in undercutting the American public’s will to win. Meanwhile, these same people will claim to be objective and say that they have been and are continuing to present a balanced picture of what’s happening in Iraq.

It’s nauseating.

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