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July 02, 2008

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Brad Jacobson

PBS and NBC's Symbiotic Sins of Omission

Jed Clampett

You can't sell people anymore, so obviously oil is more important.

Blake

I agree with Brad, people in america just cannot empathize with the human cost of these wars mainly due to the media's inaction in covering the great cost as well as the desire to remain ignorant in the U.S. because, well, the truth is too harsh for some to accept. And thus if you want to prevent5 people from accepting a new war you need to hit them where they are vulnerable and today that is their pocketbooks. It disgusts me to think that people care more about how much they pay for gas than they do the thousands of innocent civilians having bombs dropped on their heads but I think Williams is only being pragmatic in this piece and accepting that is what America has come to. You use what works.

Houtum

It's like the SNL Weekend Update story but it's not funny anymore.

'An airliner crashed in Brazil today. Officials say don't worry, there were no American aboard.'

The complete lack of consideration for (or even mention of) a fellow man's life and livelihood is disgusting. The media heads propose war and bombing like it's just the natural thing to do. The attitude towards civilians seems to be "sucks to be you".

Houtum

It's like the SNL Weekend Update story but it's not funny anymore.

'An airliner crashed in Brazil today. Officials say don't worry, there were no American aboard.'

The complete lack of consideration for (or even mention of) a fellow man's life and livelihood is disgusting. The media heads propose war and bombing like it's just the natural thing to do. The attitude towards civilians seems to be "sucks to be you".

Houtum

It's like the SNL Weekend Update story but it's not funny anymore.

'An airliner crashed in Brazil today. Officials say don't worry, there were no American aboard.'

The complete lack of consideration for (or even mention of) a fellow man's life and livelihood is disgusting. The media heads propose war and bombing like it's just the natural thing to do. The attitude towards civilians seems to be "sucks to be you".

nowwithmorehair

Another omission from the NBC report is that an American or Israeli attack on Iran, like those against both Afghanistan and Iraq, would be blatantly illegal.

joedoakes

Thanks for maintaining focus on the true cost of war.

Minor quibble - The ratio of 700 civilian deaths in 2,100 is actually one civilian for every two reported militant deaths, not one for three as you cite, and every one is tragic.

mackiddo5

I have no doubt that there are more investigative reporters covering Angelina Jolie's hospital room than there are covering all the casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sad indeed.

Batocchio

Sadly par for the course. PBS and NPR tend to be better than the rest of the pack, but not always, and sadly not on some key issues.

Brad J.

Joe, viable quibble. Thanks! I've updated to reflect that change.

oilfield equipment

this is so great. i just love brian williams.

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