STUDY: TV TRUMPETS MILITARY SCANDALS, BUT CONTINUES TO HIDE HEROISM
Alexandria, VAAs the U.S. military
eliminated terrorist menace Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Media Research
Center released a new study documenting the medias practice of
highlighting unconfirmed allegations of military misconduct while
ignoring proven military heroism. The new study found the networks
in the past three weeks produced more than four times more
coverage of alleged misconduct than theyve produced about Americas
top heroes in the War on Terror in the past five years.
Today, the American people want to take a victory lap with our military, said Media Research Center President Brent Bozell. They want to thank the troops for their skill, courage, and heroism. But the media dont want to commend our troops. Our study found the networks bury stories of Americas heroes, and instead devote hours of airtime to unproven charges.
In only three weeks, the networks devoted 3 hours and 30 minutes to misconduct allegations connected to Haditha, compared to a mere 52 minutes of reporting on the top 20 military heroes since September 2001.
14 of the countrys top 20 military medal recipients have gone unmentioned by ABC, CBS and NBC stories that are proven, public information, not held in secret.
CBS presented more than twice as much coverage (28 minutes) of these 20 heroes as either ABC or NBC (each about 11 minutes, 45 seconds).
To schedule an interview with MRC President Bozell or an MRC spokesperson, please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen OBoyle (x. 122) at 703.683.9733.