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July 27, 2004
CQ Cited In IBD Article Demanding More Wilson Coverage

An anonymous commenter pointed me towards an article appearing today at Investor's Business Daily, reviewing the abdication of the mainstream media on the Joe Wilson story once it became apparent that Wilson lied:

Media Bias: When ex-diplomat Joseph Wilson said President Bush lied, it set off a media stampede. When he turned out to be wrong, the hoofbeats fell silent.

In fact, as the chart below shows, that might be an understatement. The coverage is so one-sided that you might think something was at work here something like, say, extreme media bias. ...

But in the past month, two reports one from the Senate Intelligence Committee, the other from Britain's so-called Butler Report on intelligence leading up to the Iraq War both concluded Bush was right. Saddam sought uranium in Africa to make WMD.

Big news, right?

It wasn't treated that way. It got cursory treatment by the big media. Worst was CBS. It broadcast some 30 stories on Wilson's initial charges, according to Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz. It still hasn't done anything on the undoing of this big story.

That's right, nothing. For those keeping score: lies 30, truth 0.

It's great to see a well-established periodical address this case of obvious media bias, and the title on the report says it all: "Finish The Story." But best of all, IBD includes a handy little chart that you will have seen here first -- and credits Howard Kurtz (who collected the data) and captainsquartersblog.com! They don't have a hyperlink back to the post, but I'm pretty happy just to get the mention.

Now -- will someone in the boardrooms of these media corporations finally wake up, now that potential investors appear restless about their obvious bias? We can only hope.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 27, 2004 12:31 PM

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