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Thursday, October 21, 2004

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Media bias?

Chrenkoff makes the point much better than I have.
A few days ago, 18 soldiers with the 343rd Quartermaster Company in Iraq refused to carry out orders and proceed with their convoy. It was the first mutiny of this kind during the current conflict.

As of the last count, Google News lists 1,900 news stories relating to this incident.

Since March 2003, there have been 175,000 similar such convoy missions conducted in Iraq without troops involved refusing their orders.

Based on this ratio, over the last year and a half we didn't see 322,500,000 news stories about the convoys successfully conducted.

Any wonder it is so difficult for outside observers to maintain a proper perspective on events in Iraq?
How many of you are aware that, after the mutiny, soldiers from the same reserve unit successfully completed the mission the 18 refused to carry out using the same equipment and traveling the same route, without incident? (You have to look hard for the one line in the AP report - "The mission was later carried out by other soldiers from the unit, which has at least 120 soldiers, the military said.")

Bet you didn't hear that in the headline news.