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McCain's War Joke Enrages Liberals

The Business Journal of Phoenix carried a story about a political ad on the MoveOn.org, a liberal grassroot and anti-war organization. The group has been critical of Iraq war and now has been enraged by Sen. John McCain's joke about bombing Iran to stop that country from producing nuclear weapons. McCain made the joke during a campaign stop-over in South Carolina on Wednesday. He was asked how the U.S. should deal with Iran, its alleged nuclear weapons program, its alleged support for insurgents in Iraq and threats against Israel.

In the second paragraph that writer implied that there were evidence that Iran was supporting the iraqis insurgents. The writer also implied that there were evidence of Iran's eminent threat to Israel. The story also inferred that Iran has admitted to nuclear programs for military purposes. The writer failed to tell readers that Iran has denied supporting the insurgeny in Iraq. the story should have mentioned that iran its nuclear programs were for civilian use only. On this note, the story was not balance.

Other opportunitie: McCain responded that by sayint or simply McCain said ... instead of McCain fired back (we know he is an old soldier but he was not on the battle front. He said would have still served the purpose. Also, being on the extreme left. What does that mean for ordinary readers? Read it at...

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2007/04/16/daily47.html

The same story in the Washington Washington Post was handled with much professionalism - providing better analysis and more facts about the ad. The AP reporter told readers have much the MoveOn.org would to air the ad, it reported the number of hits the had received and more importantly, a youtube link to the ad was provided at the end of the story. The writer should have used has launched instead of "is launching."

"http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/20/AR2007042000759.html"

Comments

Good points about the lack of balance, Jefferson. Some American journalists may feel that as Americans they don't have to include the denials of regimes that the U.S. government considers its enemies.