Another primer on media bias
Variable interpretation can be implanted anywhere, even in the headline at times. Take a look at these 3 stories for example:
Associated Press via ABC: Polish-Led Force to Control Part of Iraq
Sounds relatively tame actually. Simple, to the point, and the article mentions that Najef is not included in the takeover for two weeks. The AP actually did a good job showing both the negatives and the positives, I'm shocked. Compare this to the other two though...
UPI via Washington Times: Polish take over central Iraq management
This one's portrayed as less hard news and more as a celebration in print. Observe the quote from Polish Commander Andrez Tizkewitz (I'm spelling it like I pronounce it)...
"As a result of the events of Sept. 11, we have become soldiers in the war on terrorism. Our countries decided to join in the effort to ensure basic human values and solidarity in the struggle for the right to live without fear and hunger."
I can imagine him saying this as a flag waves in the background, a regular GI Joe moment. Of course, this is what people expect from military personnel, so that's not what I'm getting at, he can say whatever he wants. My question is, what was the point of quoting this?
And then we have The UK Independant: US delays handover of Najaf to Polish troops
Note that they start off immediately with the "bad news", and then keep going from there...
America's decision not to hand over Najaf to Polish control will widen the split in public opinion about the war in one of America's staunchest European allies. Critics of the war have warned that a silent majority of Poles oppose military involvement in Iraq.
Which critics? Anyone and their mother can use the silent majority" arguement, it doesn't require proof.
The US decision to remain in Najaf and the attack on the supposedly neutral UN headquarters in Baghdad has left many concerned that poorly equipped Polish troops have been put in the firing line by their political leaders.
Terrorists haven't cared about neutrality before, why would they now? Like if you meet some nut driving a truckbomb you can tell them "hey, I'm neither with you or against you, don't blow up my place, bruh, m'kay?" F^%$ outta here...
In Warsaw there are clear signs of opposition to the policy. Opinion polls at the outbreak of hostilities showed two-thirds of Poles opposed the war and even after the fall of Saddam Hussein the figure remains at over 55 per cent.
I guess they don't want to make the silent majority arguement anymore...
How many were involved in the polls? How was the question worded? Where did most of the responses come from? Polls are simply too easy to skew to be of much use. Phrase the question right, and you could get neo-nazis to say they loved "seinfeld".