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Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Media and Terrorists Go Hand-In-Hand

Greg Sheffield at Newsbusters show that Media and Terrorism go hand-in-hand:

Study: Media Coverage Increases Terrorism

A new study says that the more the media cover terror attacks, the more terror attacks occur. Both the media and terrorists benefit from terror attacks, because the terrorists get free publicity while the media get higher ratings and sell more newspapers.

Reports the Washington Post:

It's a macabre example of win-win in what economists call a "common-interest game," say Bruno S. Frey of the University of Zurich and Dominic Rohner of Cambridge University.

"Both the media and terrorists benefit from terrorist incidents," their study contends. Terrorists get free publicity for themselves and their cause. The media, meanwhile, make money "as reports of terror attacks increase newspaper sales and the number of television viewers."


I seem to remember the President's speech about not supporting terrorists, and while he was mainly speaking about other countries, is it to far of a stretch to include the Media in this?

"And some governments, while pledging to uphold the principles of the U.N., have cast their lot with the terrorists. They support them and harbor them, and they will find that their welcomed guests are parasites that will weaken them and eventually consume them.

"For every regime that sponsors terror, there is a price to be paid, and it will be paid. The allies of terror are equally guilty of murder and equally accountable to justice. The Taliban are now learning this lesson. That regime and the terrorists who support it are now virtually indistinguishable.
- President Bush's speech to United Nations (11/10/2001)

More ink equals more blood, claim two economists who say that newspaper coverage of terrorist incidents leads directly to more attacks.

It has already been proven that the terrorists will even POSE for pictures for the media, and to get the story the media will embed itself with the enemy.

I wonder, are the reporters, the media there when the enemy shoots and kills an American, or kills an innocent Iraqi man, woman or child just to get at an American Soldier?

If so, I say they are complicent in the deaths if they stand by and watch.

The results, they said, were unequivocal: Coverage caused more attacks, and attacks caused more coverage -- a mutually beneficial spiral of death that they say has increased because of a heightened interest in terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001.

The more the media gives the spotlight to the terrorists the more the terrorist will kill to get in the spotlight.

Hand-in-hand, the media and the terrorists supporting each others causes.