It’s 6:40pm PDT as I start to type this. And there is news being reported that should be 72 point font in size and above the fold, if people actually read newspapers any more. Let’s take a look at the cover web pages of the major news outlets. Here are screenshots taken seconds ago of ABC News (266k), MSNBC News (254k), CBS News (342k), and CNN (271k). None of them feature the key international news story reported today. But here is the front page of Fox News (355k). The news story in question is right there in the top left corner, just under the Fox News logo.
Here are the first three paragraphs of the news story on Fox News.
The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered, two Republican lawmakers said Wednesday.
“We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons,” Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.
Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”
That’s 500 weapons of mass destruction, boys and girls. But it’s not press-stopping headline news to ABC, NBC, CBS or CNN. I believe they are not all over this report and trumpeting it to the world because it validates the Bush administration’s decision to wage war in Iraq, and that has to be a bitter pill for the liberals in the mainstream media. I guess they will eventually find their “happy place” and publish the news on the front page, but not before giving it their own spin.
Want to see the liberal spin on this news? Here’s the first three paragraphs of the story as written by Liz Sidoti and
published buried on the ABC News website.
Less than five months before congressional elections, Republicans and Democrats maneuvered for political advantage Wednesday as the Senate debated the Iraq war and the future of 127,000 U.S. troops in the war zone.
“Drawdowns must be based on conditions in country, not an arbitrary deadline rooted in our domestic politics,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said, deriding Democratic calls for redeployments.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., countered by saying, “It is time to choose what is more important, a strategy to win in Iraq or a strategy for Republicans to win elections here at home.” She accused Republicans in charge of Congress of “blindly following” President Bush.
Not until the eleventh paragraph does one get the news about WMDs announced by Sen. Santorum and Rep. Hoekstra.
Santorum and Hoekstra released a newly declassified military intelligence report that said coalition forces have found 500 munitions in Iraq that contained degraded sarin or mustard nerve agents, produced before the 1991 Gulf War.
Here’s my liberal media impression as borne out by the media itself: “WMDs in Iraq? Ho-hum. *yawn* Next topic.”
It’s now 7:24, and I’m going back to my dinner that was interrupted by this post. Oh, and the four news outlets still haven’t put this news story on their front pages.