Media and missiles
July 5, 2006 Leave a comment
A couple weeks ago I posted about the complete failure that is our nation's anti-missile system. With North Korea's recent test launch, I thought I'd link to this analsysis that shows how uncritically (and insufficiently) mainstream media reports on issues like this. As the analysis in the link shows, most major outlets simply reported that we had readied our missile defense in response to the North Korean threat. Very few of these reports actually mentioned that the missile defense system does not work. If you want to look for bias in the media, some might say here is a clear conservative bias in favor of the administration. That would be wrong, though. What is in evidence is a bias towards ignorance and laziness. Despite the fact that people have been writing for years about the problems with our missile defense, it would have taken actual work to do research on the issue. Much easier to pretty much unquestionally parrot an administration press release.