Thursday, June 15, 2006


A moment to pause and think.

This report should give the MSM something to think about.

"Both the media and terrorists benefit from terrorist incidents," their study contends. Terrorists get free publicity for themselves and their cause. The media, meanwhile, make money "as reports of terror attacks increase newspaper sales and the number of television viewers."

The researchers counted direct references to terrorism between 1998 and 2005 in the New York Times and Neue Zuercher Zeitung, a respected Swiss newspaper. They also collected data on terrorist attacks around the world during that period. Using a statistical procedure called the Granger Causality Test, they attempted to determine whether more coverage directly led to more attacks.

The results, they said, were unequivocal: Coverage caused more attacks, and attacks caused more coverage -- a mutually beneficial spiral of death that they say has increased because of a heightened interest in terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001.

Professor Reynold's who provided the link said,

God help 'em if the trial lawyers get ahold of this information. . . .

Lawsuits, with news agencies being brought to trial for complicity in terror attacks? I'm clueless as to wether this could happen, but it does make a kind of sense. Especially if it comes out that Americans are killed in direct response to the terrorists media coverage. We've all heard the rumors of media being given tape shot by terrorists themselves, to feed the evening news cycle. If it's true, and they don't say anything up front, doesn't that make them an active arm of the terrorists?

Complex to be sure. I do think that merely claiming press priviledge isn't enough, not when one side is openly using them, and they don't tell their audience. So maybe lawsuits are a good idea. Freedom of the press shouldn't mean, free to use your own press against you. No matter how willing they are to be used.

The first point is not surprising. . . the second point is frightening!
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