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zimv20
Aug 24, 2003, 02:12 PM
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030823/ap_on_re_mi_ea/us_iraq_poll

yahoo reported on a newsweek poll. the poll had these findings:

nearly 70 percent of Americans feel the United States will be bogged down in the country for years without achieving its goals, a poll finds.

The Newsweek poll released Saturday also found that nearly 6 of 10 people are concerned that the U.S. military will be overextended should another security threat arise outside Iraq. And 7 of 10 are concerned the costs of the war will increase the deficit and hurt the economy.


but look at what's written in the yahoo article (emphasis mine):

The poll of 1,011 adults was taken Thursday and Friday, just after last week's suicide truck bombing at the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad


U.S. and British troops have also been targets of guerrilla attacks.


the word "terror" does not appear in the article. i believe that as recently as several weeks ago, either or both sentences would have used the term "terrorist." is the media finally being a little more careful in how it uses the word? or is this an isolated incident?

K4NN4B15
Aug 24, 2003, 02:55 PM
Im starting to see the trend as well. It seems that as the post 9-11 patriotic frenzy is finnally becoming less ravenous, the news continues tilting their stories to appeal to thier audience.

zimv20
Aug 24, 2003, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by K4NN4B15
Im starting to see the trend as well. It seems that as the post 9-11 patriotic frenzy is finnally becoming less ravenous, the news continues tilting their stories to appeal to thier audience.

part of the media's job is to use consistent language, at least w/in their own guidelines. a lot of editors' time is taken up defining those terms.

so rather than saying the tilt is based on audience appeal, i think that the papers et. al. are returning to their self-defined terms -- rather than letting the WH define the terms.

K4NN4B15
Aug 24, 2003, 03:28 PM
Well.. the WH defined terms seemed to be the ones that sold.

zimv20
Aug 24, 2003, 03:30 PM
Originally posted by K4NN4B15
Well.. the WH defined terms seemed to be the ones that sold.

i see i misread your previous post. sorry!