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November 03, 2005

Underreported or Bogus?

According to a group called Project Censored, the mainstream media ignored or underreported some major stories last year. No, they're not talking about our troops building schools and restoring water and power in Iraq. The stories they're worried about include the following:

Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death Toll

Les Roberts, an investigator with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, conducted a rigorous inquiry into pre- and post-invasion mortality in Iraq, sneaking into Iraq by lying flat on the bed of an SUV and training observers on the scene. The results were published in the Lancet , a prestigious peer-reviewed British medical journal, on Oct. 29, 2004--just four days prior to the U.S. presidential elections. Roberts and his team (including researchers from Columbia University and from Al-Mustansiriya University, in Baghdad) concluded that "the death toll associated with the invasion and occupation of Iraq is probably about 100,000 people, and may be much higher."

That sounds horrendous indeed. Why didn't we hear more about it? Well, Slate.com takes a stab at it:

Readers who are accustomed to perusing statistical documents know what the set of numbers in the parentheses means. For the other 99.9 percent of you, I'll spell it out in plain English—which, disturbingly, the study never does. It means that the authors are 95 percent confident that the war-caused deaths totaled some number between 8,000 and 194,000. (The number cited in plain language—98,000—is roughly at the halfway point in this absurdly vast range.)

This isn't an estimate. It's a dart board.

But wait, there are more underreported stories to discover...

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Posted by Pam Meister at 09:53 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0) | MSM

Good post, Pam. It's nice to see someone's documenting this stuff all in one place. I would guess that the NYT and other MSM outlets won't be doing a review anytime soon--but I've been wrong before.

Posted by: THIRDWAVEDAVE at November 3, 2005 11:05 PM
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