In an article in the Washington Times by Jennifer Harper, she examines how the press continues to focus on the images from Abu Ghraib while other stories like the mass graves from Hussein’s reign and U.S. success stories are set aside.
Accounts and graphic photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse persist in the press despite the fact that the story has run its course.
The world already knows salient details of the prisoner humiliation and nudity, the causes of the abuse are under official investigation, and the courts-martial have begun. Yet, the caterwaul in the press against the American military and the war in Iraq continue.
Positive human-interest accounts about the armed forces are rare. The press tends to ignore battlefield vignettes from military news services, which could offer an expanded perspective to the public.
The center has been following “the bias problem” among broadcasters who use the abuse story to build a case against the war in Iraq and the Bush administration. As a sample, the group tracked abuse stories from April 29 through May 11 on NBC and found that the network aired 58 stories on the abuse in that period.
The MRC also found, however, that in the past year, NBC had aired only five stories on mass graves found in Iraq from the Saddam Hussein era.
From the articles I have read, there were hundreds of pictures taken of the abuses. The mainstream media appears to want to have a few of these pictures trickle out each day to prolong the story. The abuses at the hands of U.S. Marines were bad. Those responsible should and will be punished. Showing more pictures of the same abuses is not news. It’s a rallying cry for Muslim extremists and a blantant attempt to sensationalize the actions of a few for the sake of politics.