The media's anti-war bias
Iraq has been the most widely
reported of all wars. It has projected the most graphic images on to
our screens and newspapers. More important, though, it has been a
war fought on documents - lots of them - all available now on the
internet: all the UN resolutions, all the dossiers, all the
inspection reports, all the parliamentary records, all the
statements and interviews.
The upshot is we now have two types of public opinion. Those members
of the public who have the time to check these source documents for
themselves, and form their own opinions, and those who rely on the
media to edit and précis this information for them.
The outcome of the Hutton inquiry proved that much of media, in
their reporting of the proceedings, could not be trusted to report
accurately and objectively on the issue of the war. What is being
reported at the moment, as exemplified by the Daily Mirror, further
reflects the same irrational anger among many journalists, and that
same demand for punishment.
Mike Allott, Chandler's Ford, Hants