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Blaming the media for bad news in Iraq falls apart

Reported by Chrish - March 23, 2006

Just one day after Rep. Peter King (R-NY) had a three-minute debate with himself on the Big Story about "an entrenched media which to such a large extent doesn't want to accept any type of success and constantly dwells upon the negative," some real good news comes out of Iraq and guess what? The media is all over it.

As reported by John Gibson on The Big Story today 3/23/06, 3 peace activists kidnapped almost four months ago in Iraq were rescued today after a tip from a captured man. US and British Special Forces stormed a home in Baghdad and released the three without any shots fired. This is terrific news for their families and friends and we're all glad to hear this happy ending.

So according to King's complaint that people in America are down on the war because that elusive liberal media won't cover the good news out of Iraq this story will not receive wide coverage. Guess again. A search of Google News reveals almost 1,300 articles on the story. News outlets covering it include ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, the New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Santa Fe New Mexican, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Columbus (OH) Dispatch, Washington Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, San Diego Union-Tribune, Newsday, the Boston Globe, and hundreds of smaller and local papers and news stations.

The right-wing claim that the media is to blame for the negative perception of the war in Iraq is a myth, perpetuated by the "blame anyone but Bush" crowd. Given good news, the media trumpets it far and wide.

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