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If it bleeds, it leads - unless it's bleeding in Iraq

Reported by Chrish - June 30, 2007 -

Note: Guest blogged by Bill Corcoran

Bill has compied a few of the stories we haven't seen covered extensively, if at all, on FOX this week viv a vis the war in Iraq. If ignorance is bliss, why is Bill O'Reilly so pissy all the time? Read on for Bill's observations.

BILL O'REILLY BROUGHT UP SHORT BY REAL WAR CORRESPONDENT

Bill O'Reilly, Fox News' "top banana," made the absurd statement that covering the Iraq war is simply "carnage without context," and the footage of car bombings only emboldens the enemy. Legitimate war correspondents laughed out loud at O'Reilly's "Journalism 101" lesson. One such war correspondent was CBS' Chief International Correspondent Lara Logan who commented on O'Reilly's approach to covering the Iraq war from the CBS offices in Baghdad when she spoke to Howard Kurtz, host of "Reliable Sources" on CNN....Fox News also missed an opportunity to trot out their bigoted comments when military recruiters said less and less African-Americans are joining the military.....And in their never-ending attempt to "spike" any stories coming out of Iraq that makes the Bush administration's war effort look bad, Fox News purposefully overlooked a report on how Iraqi security forces are not up to the task of providing security for Iraqi citizens, and how Iraq is second in the world in failed states according to the Failed States Index. Read on.....

CBS War Correspondent Lara Logan takes on Bill O'Reilly

CBS' Chief International Correspondent, Lara Logan, appeared on CNN's "Reliable Sources" with Howard Kurtz as host of the show. Logan has been stationed in Baghdad for the better part of the Iraq war and her reports on the war are always a keen insight into what is really taking place on the ground in Iraq.

Logan was asked by Kurtz what she thought of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly's comment that showing car bombings aids the enemy, and could be demoralizing to our troops in Iraq.

Logan didn't spare any words in her assessment of what O'Reilly said about why Fox News doesn't spend much time covering the war. Here is a transcript from the show with the interview with Lara Logan approximately half way through the transcript

Kurtz: "Let's talk about the broader issue of war coverage. FOX's Bill O'Reilly says that the other networks -- he did not mention CBS -- are constantly showing bombings and suicide attacks and other violence in Iraq to undermine President Bush, and that this is giving the terrorist what they want.

What's your reaction to that kind of criticism? I know you wrestle with how much violence to show in your regular reports.

LOGAN: Well, I mean, with all due respect to Bill O'Reilly or anyone who takes that line, I mean, I just -- it's ridiculous, it's completely and utterly ludicrous. And how can you -- the media's job is not to serve one side or the other. That's never been our job. We're there to be the watchdog for all sides.

So it's not up to us to say, oh, you know, it doesn't -- it doesn't do well for the war effort if you show how many people are being killed, so we're not going to show it. I mean, what are we talking about? That's not even journalism.

It's so ridiculous. I actually don't think that I should -- I mean, you shouldn't have to stoop to address those kinds of issues.

And also, I mean, where are all of these people who think that we're helping the terrorists' cause? I mean, what about the fact that this is the reality, that these bombings are still taking place, that in spite of the surge, and people are still dying in Iraq, that huge numbers of American soldiers are dying over here? I mean, now we're in the game of hiding, only telling what some people want to hear? That's not what we do," Logan told Kurtz.



Military Recruitment Of Blacks Plunges

The number of blacks joining the military has plunged by more than one-third since the Afghanistan and Iraq wars began, as other job prospects soar and relatives of potential recruits increasingly discourage them from signing up.

According to data obtained by The Associated Press, the decline covers all four military services for active duty recruits, and the drop is even more dramatic when National Guard and Reserve recruiting is included.

The findings reflect the growing unpopularity of the wars, particularly among family members and other adults who exert influence over high school and college students considering the military as a place to serve their country, further their education or build a career.

Walking past the Army recruiting station in downtown Washington, D.C., this past week, Sean Glover said he has done all he can to talk black relatives out of joining the military.

"I don't think it's a good time. I don't support the government's efforts here and abroad," said Glover, 36.

The message comes as no surprise to the Pentagon, where efforts are under way to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps.

Marine Commandant Gen. James T. Conway agreed that the bloodshed in Iraq — where more than 3,550 U.S. troops have died — is the biggest deterrent for prospective recruits.

According to Pentagon data, there were nearly 51,500 new black recruits for active duty and reserves in 2001. That number fell to less than 32,000 in 2006, a 38 percent decline.

When only active duty troops are counted, the number of black recruits went from more than 31,000 in 2002 to about 23,600 in 2006, almost one-quarter fewer. The decline is particularly stark for the Army.




IRAQ IS SECOND IN THE WORLD IN FAILED STATES

170,000 U.S. TROOPS AND 600 BILLION
DOLLARS CAN'T SAVE IRAQ

Despite billions of dollars in foreign aid and the presence of more than 170,000 U.S. troops, Iraq has declined steadily over the past three years, according to the Failed States index. It ranked fourth last year, but its score dropped in almost all of the 12 political, economic, security and social indicators on which the Failed States index is based.

Only Sudan and the refugee crisis in Darfur ranks ahead of Iraq in the Failed States index issued by the Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy magazine. See FundforPeace.org for verification.

When the United States invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003, Al Qaeda played a very small role in Iraq, but today Al Qaeda is one of the major contributors to the instability in Iraq. However, the bulk of the suicide bombings are being carried out by Sunni and Shiite militants.

Earlier this week, 61 Iraqi people were killed outside a Mosque in the heart of Baghdad, the city where the U.S. has a full compliment of troops and is supposed to be coming under control by armed forces participating in the much heralded "surge."

As of this past Monday, only 40 percent of Baghdad was considered safe, and later Monday 111 Iraqi civilians were killed, including 30 in Baghdad.

Fox News, the pathetic attempt at being a "news gathering" organization, continues to bury any bad news out of Iraq and make total fools of themselves with hyped up reports about helicopter raids on a warehouse, or the 10,000 U.S. troops searching for the elusive Al Qaeda in Diyala Province.

Troops returning to the United States from Iraq tell nightmare stories about how they are not able to distinguish Sunni from Shiite, and Al Qaeda from Sunni and Shiite because nobody wears a uniform or any identifying insignia.

While Iraq continues to sink further and further into an all out civil war, with killings on the rise all across the country, FOX NEWS searches for any story out of Iraq to try and show that things are improving.

Stick to your "tabloid news" format, FOX NEWS. You are out of your league as a mainstream news organization.


FOX NEWS FAILS TO REPORT ON IRAQ SECURITY FORCES NOT UP TO JOB

Fox News once again made an editorial decision to look the other way rather than report on how Iraqi security forces are not up to the job of holding areas in Iraq that have been cleared by U.S. troops.

Even when a top U.S. General in Iraq makes the statement that Iraqi security forces can't handle the job of keeping part of Iraq secure, Fox News found reporting on the pro wrestler who killed his wife and son and committed suicide to be far more interesting than a report that could impact on the lives of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Link provided to substantiate story which Fox News decided wasn't worthy of being reported on their web site or on their television programs at MSNBC.com


CONCLUSION

Fox News has made a calculated editorial decision to devote as little space as possible on their web site (www.foxnews.com) as well as during their 24 hours of television programming to what Fox News calls "fair and balanced" news reporting on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The disservice Fox News is doing is not only to their readers and viewers, but more importantly to the young men and women of the United States military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The little American flag lapel pins many of the Fox News anchors and reporters wear will never make up for the lack of coverage of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by Fox News who feel "tabloid-type" stories on Paris Hilton, Rosie O'Donnell or the "missing White woman du jour" are far more newsworthy.

Note: Guest blogged by Bill Corcoran