The Predictability of the Media

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, December 17, 2003

The Predictability of the Media

Coverage of Saddam Hussein's capture is pretty much what you might expect it to be. On Fox News Channel (which had a record four million plus viewers Sunday) played it straight and also allowed for some comments celebrating the capture.

But the broadcast networks were also what you would have expected, especially at ABC. The Media Research Center's Brent Bozell said ABC's reporting reminded him of al-Jazeera. It highlighted every negative development and submerged every positive development in "waves of yes-buts, so-whats, and blatant omissions."

Within half an hour after the story broke, ABC White House correspondent emphasized how a trial of Saddam could be "embarrassing" for the United States. On "Good Morning America," Charles Gibson repeated the embarrassment line since "we supported him for so long" and "gave him some of the instruments that he used to terrorize his people."

Peter Jennings said, "people have suggested to us today, there's not a good deal for Iraqis to be happy about at the moment."

Incredible! And a lie...but predictable. 

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.