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Anyone who has read this blog for more than 60 days will be surprised to read this:

Americans Object to War Images Online

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet Writer

NEW YORK - Half of Americans object to the online availability of graphic war images, though millions have actively sought them out, a new study finds.

In a report released Thursday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project also found a major cultural divide: Men, Democrats and younger Americans were more likely to approve of having such images on the Web.

Television, newspapers and the Web sites of mainstream media outlets generally refrained from using the most graphic images of Iraqi prisoner abuses and the killings of Nicholas Berg and other Americans in Iraq (news - web sites).

But photos and even video could be readily found elsewhere at anti-war sites, Web journals, the Drudge Report and discussion boards frequented by sympathizers of terror groups.

As someone who was a tad involved in the melee, I was stunned to read this. This sounds like the Democrats and anti-war crowd were all over the story.

This "Internet Writer" must not use the same internet as the rest of us.

I was one of the very first (if not the first) to blog the story here.

Kevin put up the first links to the video and I hosted it on my servers within minutes. here Wizbang instantaneously became headquarters for Nick Berg coverage. (side by side with Backcountry Conservative I might add) That single post generated 62 trackbacks and well over 3 million hits.

Funny, I never though of Wizbang as an "anti-war" site. In fact, the owner and all the usual posters are in the pro-war column. If you were to put a label on it, we are a "pro-war" site, yet we were the number one place to get the video. (I wonder if the writer found our coverage?)

What I found more amusing is where the story says that Democrats wanted the video out more than Republicans... They have a funny way of showing it. None of the Democrat blogs even linked to the video.

It was the Conservative/Republicans who linked to the video and wrote about it. The Dems either ignored it or spend a whole bunch of time spinning fantasy stories about how the CIA did it.

I'm sure Pew Research and this "Internet Writer" will defend their position... But as someone who was involved with putting the video on line, I'm just not buying it.

Comments (2)

I think people from differe... (Below threshold)

I think people from different ends of the political spectrum use war imagery for different purposes.

I would say that most of us on the right use it to either show just how evil and despicable our enemies truly are or to show our hard-working troops in action doing their jobs.

The left, for the most part, uses it for the opposite reasons. They like war imagery that makes America look bad. They want to see war imagery that shows our enemies winning.

Its all just a matter of perspective.

I just spent nearly 10 minu... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

I just spent nearly 10 minutes on a local talk show debunking this load of crap. Thanks for the ammunition, Paul.

The point is NOT that "they're terrible, we should get the hell away." It's that "they're terrible, they've committed atrocities here, and they keep saying they'll do it again, let's stop them there."

"Pew Research" is right. Pepe le Pew...







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