What is the chart above telling you?
Pretty simple right? It shows the number and country of origin of foreign fighters in Iraq.
So if you were a reporter (you know, the guy who REPORTS THE FACTS) what would be the headline for this piece of information?
“Data shows where Iraq foreign fighters come from”
“Saudi Arabia and Libya provide most foreign fighters in Iraq”
The actual NYT headline for this was:
“Foreign Fighters in Iraq Are Tied to Allies of U.S.”
Why? Why do they do this? Why not just report the facts and let the reader think “oh, but I thought we were ok with those countries!” or maybe think “oh, so that is why they still have children being blown up in Iraq…” or “Well, so this is really the right place to be, all the terrorists in the neighborhood are going there!”… or whatever!
I know people say everything is biased, that just by stating a fact you are already biased but let me tell you something: whatever you want to call what I just showed above, THAT is what I don’t want. Call it extreme bias, call it bad reporting, I don’t care.
I just want the goddamn news separated from a reporter’s opinions… Is that really that difficult to understand?