Propaganda [prop-uh-gan-duh]…Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

And while almost every American understands the definition of “propaganda”, there’s another less obvious form of media bias that exists within the mainstream media, that usually goes unnoticed. And it’s been used successfully by the mainstream for decades, to simply ignore or better yet “bury” a story they disagree with.

Case in point; In May ISIS terrorists captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the Syrian city of Palmyra, and with the FBI warning of hundreds of radicalized sympathizers here in the U.S., the ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast evening newscasts devoted a combined 84.5 minutes to ISIS, compared to just under 40 minutes in April.

And although the coverage doubled, viewers heard little criticism of the president’s policy towards ISIS, and totaling 43 seconds of coverage, similar to NBC Nightly News, or less than 1% of coverage.

The networks aired a combined 48 news stories on ISIS, but none brought up the President’s vow, made in a televised White House address last September 10, that the U.S. would “lead a broad coalition” whose objective was to “destroy” ISIS “through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”

On the May 21 Nightly News, NBC’s Richard Engel told anchor Lester Holt: “In an interview published today, the President said he does not think the U.S. is losing the war on ISIS and described the recent loss in Ramadi as, quote, ‘a tactical setback.’ But, frankly, Lester, military analysts I’ve been speaking to, and military officials, say the current U.S. strategy just isn’t working.”

Neither ABC nor CBS found time to tell their evening news viewers about Obama’s optimistic claim. And, for the most part, the networks suggested criticism lay with the military itself, not the Commander-in-Chief who established the overall policy.

However aside from the obvious progressive bias within the media, to simply ignore or under report a story, the danger of course is when the media can no longer be trusted in providing fair and balanced information to the public, than democracy and the very essence of an open and free society suffers.

h/t: MRC


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