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 Post subject: A Study of Bias in the Associated Press
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:05 am 
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A Study of Bias in the Associated Press
By Peter Phillips, Sarah Randle, Brian Fuch, Zoe Huffman, and Fabrice Romero

On October 25, 2005 the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) posted to their website 44 autopsy reports, acquired from American military sources, covering the deaths of civilians who died while in US military prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2002-2004. A press release by ACLU announcing the deaths resulted from torture was immediately picked up by Associated Press (AP) wire service, making the story available to US corporate media nationwide. A thorough check of Nexus-Lexus and Proquest electronic data bases, using the keywords ACLU and autopsy, showed that at least 95 percent of the daily papers in the US did not to pick up the story nor did AP ever conduct follow up coverage on the issue.

The autopsy reports provide positive proof of widespread torture by US forces. Our research team at Project Censored felt that this story should have been front page news throughout the country. Instead the story was hardly covered and quickly disappeared.
One of forty-four US military autopsy reports reads as follows: “Final Autopsy Report: DOD 003164, (Detainee) Died as a result of asphyxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) due to strangulation as evidenced by the recently fractured hyoid bone in the neck and soft tissue hemorrhage extending downward to the level of the right thyroid cartilage. Autopsy revealed bone fracture, rib fractures, contusions in mid abdomen, back and buttocks extending to the left flank, abrasions, lateral buttocks. Contusions, back of legs and knees; abrasions on knees, left fingers and encircling to left wrist. Lacerations and superficial cuts, right 4th and 5th fingers. Also, blunt force injuries, predominately recent contusions (bruises) on the torso and lower extremities. Abrasions on left wrist are consistent with use of restraints. No evidence of defense injuries or natural disease. Manner of death is homicide. Whitehorse Detainment Facility, Nasiriyah, Iraq.”

A second report describes how a 27-year-old Iraqi male died while being interrogated by Navy Seals on April 5, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq. During his confinement he was hooded, flex-cuffed, sleep deprived and subjected to hot and cold environmental conditions, including the use of cold water on his body and hood. The exact cause of death was “undetermined” although the autopsy stated that hypothermia may have contributed to his death.
Another Iraqi detainee died on January 9, 2004 in Al Asad, Iraq, while being interrogated. He was standing, shackled to the top of a doorframe with a gag in his mouth, at the time he died. The cause of death was asphyxia and blunt force injuries.
Anthony Romero, Executive Director of ACLU stated, “There is no question that US interrogations have resulted in deaths.” ACLU attorney Amrit Sing adds, “These documents present irrefutable evidence that US operatives tortured detainees to death during interrogations.”

Our research showed that the Los Angeles Times covered the story on page A-4 with a 635-word report headlined “Autopsies Support Abuse Allegations.” Fewer than a dozen other daily newspapers including: Bangor Daily News, Maine, page 8; Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque Iowa, page 6; Charleston Gazette, page 5; Advocate, Baton Rouge, page 11; and a half dozen others actually covered the story. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Seattle Times buried the story inside general Iraq news articles. USA Today posted the story on their website. MSNBC posted the story to their website, but apparently did not consider it newsworthy enough to air on television.

Given that nearly every daily newspaper in the United States subscribes to AP wire service and that AP had in fact sent out the torture story led us to question if story selection bias was widespread within US newspapers and if bias was evident within the AP system itself.

http://rawstory.com/showarticle.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.projectcensored.org%2Fnewsflash%2Fap_bias.html

Much much more at link. The many faces of AP, guiding people into their version of reality--no matter how much it doesn't fit.

A report as only ProjectCensored can present it.

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Got this email from my brother. I signed up to do this. Thought I would pass it along in case anyone was interested. Have never done anything like this but it is free and thought I would see if there is anything to it.

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That sounds like a workable idea, doesn't it?! It is one thing to know what is happening and to know other people don't know...but another thing to actually DO something about it. I haven't had much luck with one to one--I would say conversations but they are often confronataions.

There has to be a better way. It would be good to learn that better way, makes more sense than waiting for someone else to do it.

Thank you, sadie.

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WSJ spins poll results to show good news for Bush

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Published: Thursday July 27, 2006


A poll completed by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News was presented to show good news for the Bush administration in today's Wall Street Journal, RAW STORY has found.

The report on the poll by the Journal's Senior Contributing Writer John Harwood states that "In the Journal/NBC poll, approval of Mr. Bush's job performance inched up to 39% from 37% last month, but a 56% majority disapproves of the president's job performance. Congress fares even worse, with 25% approval and 60% disapproval."


However, the survey results in PDF format show that there is a margin of error in the poll's findings of 3.1% in either direction. When confronted with similar results, a USA Today/Gallup Poll stated that "President George W. Bush's job approval rating holding in the same range" because the margin of error meant that there was no statistically significant change in Bush's approval ratings.

An NBC News report on the same poll also shows a contrast with the Journal's reporting. Political reporter Mark Murray wrote:

"Yet perhaps the most revealing finding in the poll is how little the political environment has changed in the past year. For the eighth straight survey since October 2005, President Bush's job approval rating sits below 40 percent; for the fourth straight time since March, just a third approve of his handling of Iraq; and also for a fourth straight time since March, only a quarter believe the nation is headed in the right direction."


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Link: http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/WSJ_s ... _0727.html

Guess those CEOs and CFOs are trying to keep their poster boy in high cotton...the WSJ SUCKS.


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Vote Neo-con Republican .... the PARTY OF CORRUPTION, DESTRUCTION AND ARMEGEDDON :lol: ( SELF- FULFILLING PROPHECY) They are working hard to accomplish all three.


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Hi, wiseoldgranny. Good to see you.

I think we have all had more than we want. But that was true back at the end of 2000.....

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In 2000 we had no idea what we were up against.

2004 I had begun to understand the 'method behind their madness'.

2006 we know that the neo-cons in the administration are making it impossible to ever have a democratic country again.

I really believe that they will never allow dems to regain majority.

They haven't set this country up for the corps only to loose control.

We have a puppet government for the corps just like Iraq.

It's not going to stop now.

I believe that this is the last chance for the USA.

Sorry I seem so pessimistic, but Americans have been well taught. Shop, vacation, drive SUV's, to hell with the air land and water, have another face lift. :roll:

If they don't wake up this time, we will be like the Germans after the war. We've swept up the ashes in our houses, on our sidewalks and on our cars for years. We've watched the millions of people crammed into the trains, unloaded at our neighboring detention camps, never to see any come out. Yet we never 'knew' what our government was doing. :oops:

Most of our younger people don't even wonder how it happened anymore.


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For younger people, this is a histroy lesson. Not too many people interested in history--not with so many bobbles to take one's attention away.

We lived the era, we watched a mad man and his cronies hell bent on ruling the world destroy their own country and as much of the world as they could manage to reach.

Today's mad man and his cronies can reach the entire world.

That is why we can not afford to ever stop fighting. It was the people in Germany that fought back that survived. Bullies are cowards.

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