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January 16, 2008

Shocker: Public Feels Media Is Biased In Iraq Coverage, Damaging Troop Morale and Prospects For Success

The Deciders:

FAIRFIELD, Conn., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Sacred Heart University Poll of 800 Americans nationwide finds the public and the media may be increasingly divided in perceptions of success in Iraq.

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Nearly three-quarters of all Americans surveyed, 70.7%, indicated they strongly or somewhat agreed that negative media reporting damages troop morale.

Over half of all survey respondents, 59.8%, agreed (strongly or somewhat) that negative media coverage damages prospects for success in Iraq because it encourages terrorists, and about half, 49.1%, agreed (strongly or somewhat) that things are likely going better for the U.S. than the U.S. media portrays.

Over one-third of those surveyed, 38.3%, agreed that media coverage of the Iraq conflict is accurate and under one-third, 31.2%, agreed that the coverage is fair and balanced.

Military officials slightly edge out U.S. news media - 30.8% to 28.3% -- when Americans surveyed were asked who they consider most likely to provide trustworthy and balanced reporting on the Iraq conflict. Others said U.S. government officials (4.8%) and foreign news media (20.8%).

The new improved Five O'Clock Follies are the reports of the MSM itself. The actual briefings by the military are much more reliable.


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