Press Distorts Military Survey
CNN Headline News managed to portray the Annenberg Survey that I discussed yesterday, which showed that troops overwhelming supported the Iraq War (64-32) and preferred Bush over Kerry by a ridiculous margin (69-24) as horrible news for the president.
I’m guessing this spurred them on: Poll Shows Military Has Iraq Doubts (AP)
Members of the military and their families say the Bush administration underestimated the number of troops needed in Iraq and put too much pressure on inadequately trained National Guard and reserve forces, according to a poll released Saturday. The National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent in the military sample said the administration didn’t send an adequate number of troops to Iraq. And 59 percent said too much of a burden has been put on the National Guard and the reserves when regular forces should have been expanded instead. Family members were more critical of the administration’s Iraq policy than those on active duty. This critical view comes from a military group that has a more favorable view of President Bush (news – web sites), Iraq, the economy and the nation’s direction than Americans in general.
One would have to be either completely obtuse or expend an inordinate degree of effort to put that spin on the story. Read the excerpts from yesterday’s post or, if you’re particularly ambitious, the entire survey that I linked.
Update (9/17 8:23): OmniPundit points out that AP produced another story on the Annenberg survey that indeed highlighted the troops’ preference for Bush over Kerry as commander in chief, which was featured on the CNN website. A fair point. I stumbled on the version above on GoogleNews and coming on the heels of the “Headline News” story yesterday morning combined to form my perception of the press coverage. I would note, though, that it was the “alternate” version of the piece that was chosen for highlighting on television, which almost certainly reached more voters than the AP piece or the website, and that the CNN All Politics page also highlights the “alternate” story.