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FoxNews.com: Obfuscating US Military Death Toll

Reported by Melanie - January 18, 2005

One of the chores I'm responsible for on this blog is updating the War Dead/Injured category. In a recent search for information, I came across a site that linked to FoxNews.com. Curious as to the information Fox might have on its site, I followed the link and ended up here: Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

FoxNews.com introduces the category this way:

Following is the official list of American military personnel killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom prior to May 1, 2003, as of 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 15, 2003.

• Click here to see the list of military casualties after Jan. 1, 2005.

• Click here to see the list of military casualties from May 10, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2004.

• Click here to see the list of military casualties from May 1, 2003, to May 9, 2004.

COMMENT: US military deaths in Iraq are listed in blocks: May 1, 2003 to May 9, 2004, May 10, 2004 to December 31, 2004, for example. Each soldier is listed separately with a brief blurb as to the date and manner of death. I searched FoxNews.com using "military deaths in Iraq," "war dead," "Iraq war dead," and finally "servicemen killed in Iraq" and couldn't find a place anywhere on FoxNews.com where the total number of US military deaths is updated and clearly stated. (Sources for the information were available outside the FoxNews.com site.)

The young men and women dying in Iraq deserve all the recognition in the world. It is well and good that FoxNews.com lists each soldier separately, but I find it significant that Fox doesn't include an easy-to-find total on its site. (Nobody's going to take the time to count all the names on Fox's list.) This is typical. So typical. If it's bad for Bush it's either not there or it's tucked away and hard to find.

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