Violence in Iraq is systematically being under-reported

December 14, 2006 | By | Reply More

Think Progress contrasts Laura Bush’s recent argument that the media are failing to report all of the good things that are happening to this excerpt from the Iraq Study Group:

In addition, there is significant underreporting of the violence in Iraq. The standard for recording attacks acts as a filter to keep events out of reports and databases…For example, on one day in July 2006 there were 93 attacks or significant acts of violence reported. Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence. Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes its discrepancy with policy goals.

This excerpt is discussed in this separate Think Progress post, which is based on this article from the Washington Post.


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Category: Communication, Iraq, Media, Politics, Statistics, The Middle East, War

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