Monday, May 09, 2005


Shoddy News

My usual news source is The NewsHour on PBS.  Occasionally, however, I catch the NBC Nightly News.  Tonight was one of those occasions.  I was truly horrified by the quality of reporting in following stories:

Iraq.  There was no mention whatsoever about the recently leaked British memo that states "There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable," the MI-6 chief said at the meeting, according to the memo. "Bush wanted to remove Saddam through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD," weapons of mass destruction.

The memo said "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."  How can you not cover this when 1602 American soldiers have died and 300 billion dollars have been spent?  How can you not talk about this memo when it has been acknowledged by Tony Blair as true?

I have attached a link to the Knight Ridder news article:

Secondly, in you "in depth" five minutes on the fight over evolution in Kansas.  You present both evolution and intelligent design with equal weight.  This is completely misleading: there is no scientific debate over the veracity of evolution.  None.  To not include this in you "in depth" segment is spectacularly negligent.  Why did you neglect this basic fact about the topic that you're reporting on?  Pandering to the religious right?

The spectrum you use is an asset of the American people.  You have a public responsibility educate the population.  Perhaps you should start with your news broacasts.

The people on TV know nothing... That's where us bloggers come in.

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