Arnold Williams (notebuyer) wrote,
Arnold Williams

Media Puzzle

Frank Warner has an interesting question:

Yesterday, we found out that American support for U.S. participation in the Iraq war is rising.

One poll last week (Sept. 12-13) found that 51 percent of Americans back “the U.S. war in Iraq.” That’s the first majority for the war since October 2003. A slightly newer (Sept. 15-17) poll showed that, for the first time since last December, less than a majority of Americans believe the Iraq war was a mistake.

In other words, our role in the Iraq war is increasingly popular. Tired phrase. I recalled yesterday that, over the last year or two, news story after news story has referred to the “increasingly unpopular Iraq war.” I asked if now we could expect an endless string of news stories with the phrase “increasingly popular Iraq war.”

But hold it. Were there really all these stories referring to the “increasingly unpopular Iraq war”? Were they only nightmares? Well, no. I checked, and there are tons of stories with that discouraging phrase.

What does that mean?

Well, for those like myself who thought we had to go to war from the beginning, it's nice to have others catch up. And for those who thought newspapers employed fact-checkers, further proof that it's just a bunch of guys telling stories.
Tags: iraq, msm

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