Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New York Times Drops Kucinich and Gravel from the Race

by Matthew Rothschild
The Progressive
August 13, 2007

Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel continue to get the shaft from the mainstream media.

It’s as if these two genuine peace candidates aren’t even in the race the way they are neglected.

They can win debates, but the next day in the news coverage they barely get a mention.

And when the topic of Iraq comes up, their views get short shrift.

Case in point: Last Sunday’s New York Times.

The lead story on the front page of the Times was headlined “Democratic Field Says Leaving Iraq May Take Years.”

Well, that’s not what the whole field says.

Oh, the Times did say there was an exception: A subhed read: “With One Exception, Even Critics of War Plan Gradual Exit.”

And who was that one exception? Bill Richardson of New Mexico.

The article, which went on for two dozen paragraphs, never even mentioned Gravel’s name or Kucinich’s name, the two Democratic candidates who have been the most outspoken all along on the Iraq War.

Anyone reading the story wouldn’t even have known that Gravel or Kucinich was in the race, or if you did, you’d have to assume that they had changed their minds on pulling out of Iraq. Which they haven’t.

Not only is this a prime case of inaccurate reporting.

It’s also a perfect exhibit of how the leading media outlets in this country take it upon themselves to narrow the field before the voters have a chance to cast their ballots.

©2007 The Progressive Magazine


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