2005-12-01

US-Medien verschlafen Irak-Krieg

--- Der New York Observer emp�rt sich dar�ber, dass die US-Medien angeblich nur halb soviel �ber den Irak-Krieg berichten als �ber den Vietnam-Krieg:
On the morning of Aug. 3, 1965, a 33-year-old CBS correspondent named Morley Safer, in fatigues and with a bulky recording contraption on his hip, stood in Cam Ne, Vietnam, before a backdrop of burning thatch-roof huts. He clutched a battered metal microphone. Moments earlier, a unit of baby-faced American soldiers had set the huts on fire. Young women ran wailing, cradling babies; an elderly man hobbled toward Mr. Safer, pleading in Vietnamese. �This is what the war in Vietnam is all about, the old and the very young,� Mr. Safer said, turning to face the camera. Forty years later, the United States is in a desert war, transmitted instantly by satellite and broadband. There are no boundaries on our technical capabilities to cover events. But there are other limits�commercial, political, editorial. And they have kept the war in Iraq marginal in the American media, from soon after the initial invasion in the spring of 2003 till last week, when Representative John Murtha hurled it back into the spotlight. While Vietnam is remembered as the television war, Iraq has been the television-crawl war: a scrolling feed of bad-news bits, pushed to the margins by Brad and Jen, Robert Blake, Jacko and two and a half years of other anesthetizing fare. Americans could go days on end without engaging with the war, on TV or in print. �There�s a dearth of seriousness in the coverage of news,� said veteran war correspondent Christiane Amanpour, �at a time when, in my view, it couldn�t be more serious.�
� Dead troops are invisible. The Bush administration�s ban on capturing flag-draped coffins is echoed in the press� overall treatment of American war dead. A May 2005 survey by the Los Angeles Times found that over a six-month span, a set of leading United States newspapers and magazines ran �almost no pictures� of Americans killed in action, and they ran only 44 photos of wounded Westerners.
� Average monthly war coverage on the ABC, NBC and CBS evening newscasts, combined, has been cut in half�from 388 minutes in 2003, to 274 in 2004, to 166 in 2005.
� Major newspapers have cut back on the size of their Baghdad bureaus, with some closing them or allowing them to go unstaffed for stretches.
Bessere Noten kriegt die US-Presse -- zumindest w�hrend der "hei�en" Kriegsphase -- dagegen von Wiener Kommunikations-Wissenschaftler J�rgen Grimm, Roland Burkart und Peter Vitouch: Bei einer vergleichenden Untersuchung nahmen sie die Berichterstattung �ber den Irak-Krieg 2003 in acht L�ndern unter die Lupe. Ihr Ergebnis: "Die viel gescholtene US-Presse war erstaunlich n�chtern und nicht patriotisch-�berschw�nglich. Dass allzu klischeehafte Bild, dass sich alles um den US-Pr�sidenten scharrte, kann nicht aufrechterhalten werden." Die englische Presse, so die Forscher, sei da viel emotionaler gewesen. Haken an der Untersuchung: Die Zeitungen des heftig die Kriegstrommel r�hrenden Medienmoguls Rupert Murdoch wurden nicht miteinbezogen.

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