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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:42 PM
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Study: US media redefined torture after US started practicing it
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 07:47 PM by kpete
Study: US media redefined torture after US started practicing it

By Daniel Tencer
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 -- 6:39 pm


The US news media radically changed how it reported on the issue of waterboarding after it emerged that US forces had used the practice, says a new study from Harvard University.

The study also found a double standard when defining waterboarding, with news sources commonly referring to waterboarding as "torture" when talking about foreign countries using the practice, but declining to do so when it's being carried out by the United States.

The study (PDF) reports:
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/publications/papers...

From the early 1930's until the modern story broke in 2004, the newspapers that covered waterboarding almost uniformly called the practice torture or implied it was torture: The New York Times characterized it thus in 81.5% (44 of 54) of articles on the subject and The Los Angeles Times did so in 96.3% of articles (26 of 27). By contrast, from 2002-2008, the studied newspapers almost never referred to waterboarding as torture. The New York Times called waterboarding torture or implied it was torture in just 2 of 143 articles (1.4%). The Los Angeles Times did so in 4.8% of articles (3 of 63). The Wall Street Journal characterized the practice as torture in just 1 of 63 articles (1.6%). USA Today never called waterboarding torture or implied it was torture.

The study went on to note a marked difference in the way waterboarding is portrayed when the individuals doing the waterboarding are American, and when they're not.

more:
http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0630/media-redefined-tortur...
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:49 PM
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1. I read about this in No Shit magazine.
Anyone actually watching the news coverage should have seen that.
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tranche Donating Member (913 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:54 AM
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2. This really should be sean again. We all knew, but the numbers don't lie.
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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 04:41 AM
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3. K&+R
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 07:22 AM
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4. The media also redefined the role of mercenaries
once it was found that they play such a big role over there...
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