Iraq War Coverage
From the beginning of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq in 2003, some reports from the region were found to be inaccurate (some even false) or exaggerated, often due to suspect sources later found not to be credible. Examples listed at Media Mythbusters can be found at entries for Captain Jamil Hussein, Massacre at Um al-Abeed, Questionable Military Accounts and Iraq Myths and Urban Legends.
Relationship between Saddam Hussein and Terrorist Groups
Paul Adams, the BBC's defence correspondent, complained to his superiors that the BBC's reporting on Iraq:
"I was gobsmacked to hear, in a set of headlines today, that the coalition was suffering 'significant casualties'. This is simply not true," Adams said in the memo.
"Nor is it true to say - as the same intro stated - that coalition forces are fighting 'guerrillas'. It may be guerrilla warfare, but they are not guerrillas," he stormed.
"Who dreamed up the line that the coalition are achieving 'small victories at a very high price?' The truth is exactly the opposite. The gains are huge and costs still relatively low. This is real warfare, however one-sided, and losses are to be expected," Adams continued. The link is currently behind a free registration here: The Guardian (UK) One month prior to Adam's revelations, BBC executives warned their top journalists and presenters not to participate in an anti-war march. "Senior BBC news presenters such as Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce and journalists including Andrew Marr have been ordered by bosses to stay away from Saturday's anti-war march in London." The Guardian
The BBC used a well known anti-war journalist and activist, Jo Wilding to allege war crimes by US troops in Iraq. Despite complaints and an apology from the BBC, that report remains on the BBC website. Wilding is well known to British news media having written anti-war articles for the Guardian (UK). See here and here.
In 2005, the BBC broadcast a Panarama program and ran a story on their website alleging "...coalition and Iraqi security forces were responsible for most civilian conflict deaths...". After a public outcry and a flood of complains, The BBC apologized.
In 2004 the BBC ran a story headlined "Iraq health care 'in deep crisis'" and reported "Iraq's health system is in a far worse condition than before the war, a British medical charity says. " The British medical charity the BBC used for the source of their report was Medcat; an openly anti-war organization. Medcat's website states: "Medact was formed by a merger of two older organisations in 1992. The first, the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, was founded by Sir Richard Doll, Horace Joules, Lionel Penrose and others in 1951 during the Korean War as a medical lobby for peace. The second, the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons..." Medcat has been under fire before for its reports.
In 2004 the Boston Globe apologized for publishing photographsallegedly showing US troops gang raping Iraqi women.
Also in 2004, the UK's Mirror newspaperran fake photographs allegedly showing British troops abusing Iraqi detainees.
Eason Jordan, CNN (2005). False accusations. He accused U.S. forces in Iraq of deliberately targeting and killing journalists. He apologized and resigned.
Links to related MMB entries
[http://fair.org/index.php?page=1084 We Think the Price Is Worth It, Media uncurious about Iraq policy's effects- there or here] FAIR, Rahul Mahajan, November/December 2001
One Year in Iraq Meridian Magazine, June 16, 2004.
The Big Picture Protein Wisdom, 8/29/07
Bush compares Iraq to Vietnam headlines Ace of Spades blog, 08/23/07
Bush's Lonely Decision The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2008
Good news and fascinating reporting Bookworm Room, September 19, 2008
Iraqi Police taking lead in many ways National Defense Examiner, September 20, 2008
Video Shows Reuters Camerman With Insurgents Being Killed (BUMPED/UPDATED: Vidcaps Show Weapons) The Jawa Report, April 5, 2010