Sunday, 28 October 2007

Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War

A new study based on a series of seven US polls conducted from January through September of this year reveals that before and after the Iraq war, a majority of Americans have had significant misperceptions and these are highly related to support for the war in Iraq.

The polling, conducted by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks, also reveals that the frequency of these misperceptions varies significantly according to individuals’ primary source of news. Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely.

If you look at the polling statistics for other major US news services like CBS and ABC you can see that viewers of these networks also have a significant level of misperception about the Iraq war.

This is a big part of the problem with the US "democracy" at the moment -the corporate media consistently dishing out White House lies with no real contextual analysis.

The US media has rarely called to account statements made by the Bush Administration over Iraq and a similar pattern is emerging with Iran. As a result the people are being fed a diet of distorted news and propaganda allowing them to support all manner of misadventures. Thankfully many people are beginning to realise that what they have been told has not been the truth. The "lie bubble" is rapidly deflating. Let's hope there is greater resistance to bombing Iran than there was with invading Iraq.

(Please note: I do realise many Americans were very strongly against the Iraq War. The trick is to get the rest of the population on the same page - as many as possible- so that the media lies, and the war mongering politicians can be stopped.)

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