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Friday, July 18, 2003  
Media Underplays U.S. Death Toll in Iraq
Soldiers Dead Since May Is 3 Times Official Count

By Greg Mitchell

NEW YORK -- News Analysis

Any way you look at it, the news is bad enough. According to Thursday's press and television reports, 33 U.S. soldiers have now died in combat since President Bush declared an end to the major fighting in the war on May 2. This, of course, is a tragedy for the men killed and their families, and a problem for the White House.

But actually the numbers are much worse -- and rarely reported by the media.

According to official military records, the number of U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq since May 2 is actually 85. This includes a staggering number of non-combat deaths. Even if killed in a non-hostile action, these soldiers are no less dead, their families no less aggrieved. And it's safe to say that nearly all of these people would still be alive if they were still back in the States.

For the rest of this troubling analysis carried in the bible of the newspaper industry, see Editor & Publisher

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Monday, July 14, 2003  
Neiman Reports Special Issue on Iraq War Coverage

Anyone genuinely interested in how well the American press did covering the Iraq War will find a wealth of scholarly and journalistic analysis in the first serious collection of essays dealing with the subject in Neiman Reports, the publication of the highly regarded Neiman Foundation at Harvard. The consensus is not a promising one. You will need Acrobat Reader for online access to the Summer 2003 issue, which can be found at Neiman Reports

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