Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Media Blog

Stephen Spruiell at "Media Blog" says, "this is becoming a regular feature. Reader Chris H. writes:

In this AP article this morning you have two versions of a story:

Eleven people — most of them women and children — were killed when U.S. forces bombed a house during a raid north of Baghdad early Wednesday, police and relatives said.

on the other hand:

But the military said only four people were killed — a man, two women and a child.

So what is the headline? "Iraqis Say 11 People Killed in U.S. Raid"

Oh and by the way, ten paragraphs later, "Troops were engaged by enemy fire as they approached the building," said Tech. Sgt. Stacy Simon, a military spokeswoman. "Coalition forces returned fire utilizing both air and ground assets."

Reporting worthy of Al-Jazeera.

The AP, again demonstrating that "skepticism" is not a two-way street when it comes to reporting on the military."


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