Jewish World Review May 13, 2003 / 11 Iyar, 5763

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Reporter spills the beans on media's bias in covering Iraq


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | For some time now, I've been giving you examples of how media bias has infected reporting out of Iraq. Now an imbedded reporter in Baghdad has stepped forward and had the guts to tell the world 'The Real Deal.'

NEW YORK POST reporter Jonathan Foreman has confirmed my worst fears about media bias in this war. And what makes Foreman's report so shocking to his buddies in the press is the fact that he is naming names.

One example is the Associated Press and its reporter Hamza HenDawi, who Foreman says, "massively exaggerated and misrepresented looting in Baghdad." Sound familiar?

Foreman also blasted the Washington Post's reporting of the so-called Baghdad Museum looting story. He called that report pure "myth," a claim backed up this week when we found out that 170,000 artifacts were not destroyed as the press claimed. Actually, the number turned out to be closer to 25. But hey, so what if the New York Times and other newspaper reports were only 169,975 off when counting the missing pottery?

Foreman also gave specific examples of built-in bias, and told us how those slanted news reports distorted the news that you and I saw. After the war, he and L.A. Times reporter David Zucchino visited a Baghdad doctor, who long ago hired two body guards to protect his home. But the L.A. Times reporter wrote his story so that it appeared the doctor was recently forced to hire the body guards, in order to protect his home and family from the post-war chaos brought on, of course, by American troops.

Now you would think that being unceremoniously tossed out of the closet like this would embarrass biased outlets like the L.A. Times and Associated Press? But of course, it doesn't. These media giants have an agenda, and they're going to push it on you every day, even if the truth stands in their way.

Unlike shows like Scarborough Country, these liberal elites rarely tell you where they are coming from. Instead, they claim to possess a cool, dispassionate stance toward all stories they cover. Unfortunately, that's just not the truth.

I guess that's the difference between being intellectually dishonest, and telling it like it is. Like Jonathan Foreman.

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