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Now if they can convince the BBC of the same thing when refering to terrorists that would be a good start.

The BBC, and CBS, and ABC, and NBC, and the NYT, and som may more....

The financial pages in the US are already kicking the snot out the management of the four companies mentioned but the difference is that the analysts are upset with these companies for not being better capitalists. Not better global citizens.

The press survive by sensationalism. The press are also intellectually lazy. The easy way to create sensationalism is to make outrageous assertions. "Gonzo" journalism. It works. The trick (for the press) is to determine what is outrageous. Is it the assertion that replacing Sadam with democracy is bad? Is it that high taxes are good? Is it that terrorists are freedom fighters? Or has it come to the point that conventional wisdom is that terrorists are regime opposers and sensational is the assertion that they are not?

It is much more difficult to be sensational with assertions that are more common sense. Sadam needed to go (yawn.) Low taxes stimulate economy and hence better living standards (geeky.) Terrorists are, well, above the law, indifferent to human concerns, and cannot be negotiated with (absurdly obvious.)

Writing about heroism, sacrifice, dangerous actions taken on the state's (any western state's) behalf is somehow too difficult to create the requisite sensationalism and sell more subsriptions and garner more adverts.

I have to agree, the press are very frequently intellectually lazy. If they actually held themselves to the same standards they try to hold other professions to, the press would look completely different. It takes a certain self-selected type of person to get into that game in the first place, though, so I don't expect it will change any time soon. It's a shame, really.

John Lynch: I have to agree, which is why Ray D.'s use of the word 'blunder' to characterize this is, well...a blunder. But he's right about the bias, it's not just sensationalism for the sake of marketing. The legacy media have a purposeful agenda.

A blunder? Probably, but only in the sense that the people at the Tagesschau unthinkingly labled the terrorists as they (Tagesschau) see them. And while I am certain that the good people at the Tagesschau would never expressly approve of women and children being blown to bits under any circumstances, I see no reason to pull any punches here: Every violent act in Iraq that could possibly be twisted into criticism of the U.S. delights the hearts of many on the Left who would rather see Saddam back in charge in Iraq than to see the U.S. successfully assist the Iraqi people in establishing a democracy.


No need to dance around it - the press in Germany, indeed in all of Europe and most of America, would rather be proven right than to see the Iraqi people succeed.

And they use their position to support their hope every chance they get

Calling the Iraqi gov't today a regime is par for the course really

No need to dance around it - the press in Germany, indeed in all of Europe and most of America, would rather be proven right than to see the Iraqi people succeed.

And they use their position to support their hope every chance they get

Calling the Iraqi gov't today a regime is par for the course really

There is another remarkable piece on SPON on German antiamerikanism (and the reactions it creates) which every german-speaking reader of this blog should have a look at.

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/gesellschaft/0,1518,394860,00.html

I am sure David and Ray are going to cover this one, too. Do i see some new movement in the German media, here ? Maybe, blogs like this one are finally beginning to have an impact...

>>ARD Tagesschau, Germany's famous state-sponsored, half-hour evening news program<<

Only to notice:
ARD-Tagesschau, daily 8pm to 8.15pm

Note from David: Correct, Tagesschau is not a 30 minute news program. But it runs several times during the day, not just at 8pm.

RayD,

This might be a bigger story than you realize. You may have discovered a new M$M template.

Up to this point M$M on both sides of the pond have more times than not referred to the terrorists as “freedom fighters”.

To think now they are mere regime opponent’s.

This makes them sound much more like the SPD and the democrats.


@ imbecilia:

You are absolutely correct. The program at 8PM is for 15 minutes, not 30 minutes. I will make the correction. Thanks for pointing that out.

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