Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Media Distortion in Coverage of Lebanon Rally?

I certainly can't demonstrate intent here, but observe the disparity in the number of people each news source says turned out at the recent pro-Syria rally in Beirut:

CNN: "Tens of thousands of pro-Syrian protesters"
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/03/08/lebanon.syria/index.html

BBC: "Hundreds of thousands gather in Lebanon's capital to support Syria"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4329201.stm

Corriere de la Sera (Italy): "Beirut, un milione in piazza con gli Hezbollah" (Beirut, a million in the plaza are with Hizb'allah)
http://www.corriere.it/Primo_Piano/Esteri/2005/03_Marzo/08/libano.shtml

Funny thing is, if you plot those numbers on a graph (X axis), along with the relative support for Syria getting out of Lebanon (Y axis), you get a very straight line...

Of course, Foxnews.com reports 500,000, so maybe the trend isn't quite so clear?

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