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Sunday, June 24, 2012
MRC's Graham Keeps Up His Employer's Obsession With Afghan Body Count
Topic: NewsBusters

Earlier this year, we detailed's obsession with the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan under President Obama, which runs counter to its interest in touting decreases in troop deaths in Iraq when George W. Bush was president. Now other parts of the Media Research Center are picking up this body-count obsession.

Tim Graham complains in a June 21 NewsBusters post that only one TV network highlighted the milestone of 2,000 troop deaths in Afghanistan:

On June 13, the CBS Evening News devoted a story by David Martin to the Afghanistan death count reaching 2,000, as Martin interviewed a mother of a fallen Marine. CBS was alone. There was no story last week on the Afghanistan death “milestone” on ABC, NBC, the PBS NewsHour – or even on the MSNBC programs found in Nexis, including Rachel “Our Military’s In a Perilous Drift” Maddow.

Unmentioned by Graham: Fox News. A Nexis search of Fox News transcripts (which covers most prime-time shows; most daytime shows do not appear in Nexis) shows that it appears to have failed to mention this milestone.

If not mentioning this is evidence of "liberal bias," why won't Graham call out Fox News on it, since the MRC purports to attack all instances of "liberal bias" in the media?

That's just cowardice on Graham's part -- it seems he doesn't want to be caught attacking a channel he regularly appears on. Can't bite the hand that feed you, y'know.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:00 PM EDT

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