Wednesday, January 18

Top Stories of 2005

It is no surprise to most people, whether you are on the Left or on the Right, or somewhere in the middle, that we live in a divided America and that both sides think the media is doing a terrible job of reporting all the news that is most important to us. The question is not is the media biased, we all know it is, but are they giving fair coverage to the important stories of the day. Some would argue they are not, and I would agree with them. But depending on who you ask, you might not get much argeement on what those important stories are.

No where is it more obvious than in the differences between what the Left and Right web news sites and blogs classify as the top 10 over, or underreported news stories of 2005.

A google search on the subject, revealed there are a handful of sites that took the trouble to detail lists:

WorldNet Daily (Right)
Front Page Magazine (Right)
Democracy Rising (Left)
Daily Kos (Left)
Project Censored (Left)

I can say I agree that the substance of these lists accurately represents their concerns and what issues are most important to each "side" of this divided country (and world).

I'm struck by the "obvious" -- these lists not only point to the dissimilarities between the world views, but also the life attitudes and views of both sides.

The Left seems obsessed with the evils of Bush, his "lies", his administration, the evils of corporate america, and the evils of America in general. Anything that rebells against the "establishment" is worthy of praise. They ignore the evil that exists in the rest of the world, specifically those occuring the Islamic world perpetrated by Islamo-fascists, and by the violence fostered by them in the countries where they have established a presence.

The right points to the hypocracy of the Left and the double-stand of conduct it (the left) accepts as long as it is against the same enemy (see the list provided above). The right sees the good that is happening in our world, the war, the enconmy, and also sees the dangers to our freedoms. It sees the dangers the Islamic world presents to Western societies, and the real threats to freedom and our way of life.

The left sees danger to their freedoms, but I question whether or not what they see is real or imagined. They seem to favor appeasement of radical Islam, all things socialist, and any organization that hates America. They claim to be patriotic, but resent demonstrations of patriotism.

I leave it to you to decide and debate. For what it is worth, here are the summarizations of the lists, with links to the full lists and articles on each website.

WND's 2005's "spiked" list of the 10 most underreported stories"

WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah has sponsored "Operation Spike" every year since 1988, and since founding WorldNetDaily in May 1997, he has continued the annual tradition.

Here, with our readers' help, are WorldNetDaily editors' picks for the 10 most underreported stories of the past year:

1. Failure of the 9-11 commission to investigate "Able Danger."
2. Successes in rebuilding Iraq.
3. Cover-up of David Barrett's probe of Clinton IRS and Henry Cisneros.
4. The impact of illegal immigration on the U.S. and its security.
5. The truth about Terri Schiavo and her death.
6. Sandy Berger's slap on the wrist for stealing classified documents.
7. The fact that WMDs were found in Iraq.
8. Atrocities of radical Islam.
9. Islam's impact on French riots.
10. Good news about the economy.

Front Page Magazine's Top 10 Overreported and Underreported Stories

Overreported Stories

10. The passion of Mary Mapes
9. Tom DeLay's Indictment
8. Jimmy Carter's Opinion (on Anything)
7. JOhn Roberts' Federalist Society Membership
6. Jane Fonda's "Apology"
5. Koran Desecration and "Torture"
4. Wiretapping Terrorists
3. Two Words: Cindy Sheehan
2. Bush's "Negligence" during Hurricane Katrina
1. The Libby Indictment

Top 10 Underreported Stories

10. The Economy
9. Bush Gets it on the Border (sort Of)
8. Academic Freedom on the March
7. Hurricanes Don't Discriminate by Race
6. Prominent Leftists' Utter Hypocrisy
5. Able Danger
4. Muslim Rape Spree
3. The Left Throws in the Towel in Iraq
2. The CIA's War on Bush
1. Shhh... We're Winning in Iraq

And from the Left

Democracy Rising's Top 10 Underreported Stories of 2005

1. Bush Family war profiteering on the war in Iraq. The extent of Iraq contracts going to corporations which involve members of President George W. Bush's family has not been investigated by the corporate media.
2. Investigate the alleged war crimes in the assault on Fallujah. The city of Fallujah had once been quiet about the occupation, but U.S. soldiers killing of civilians protesting the military taking of a school led to an uprising. The result: two devastating assaults, accusations of indiscriminate bombings, killing of civilians and the use of chemical weapons.
3. The environmental and human impact of depleted uranium needs investigation.
4. Is the United States losing the war in Iraq?
5. The under counting of U.S. casualties in Iraq demeans the sacrifice of U.S. soldiers and is an unpatriotic lie of the Bush Administration. While 15,000 soldiers are reportedly casualties of the war, in fact more than 100,000 have sought medical treatment.
6. The need for a corporate withdrawal from Iraq as a first step toward giving Iraq back to Iraqis.
7. Impeachment of the President and Vice President needs to become a part of mainstream political dialog.
8. Examine the real costs of the Iraq War - not just the hundreds of billions appropriated for the war, but what these appropriations are costing Americans in their daily lives.
9. Is the U.S. becoming the enemy we abhor? Reports of torture, civilian casualties, use of weapons of mass destruction make the United States more and more similar to Saddam Hussein's Iraq every day.
10. The politics of the Iraq War in 2006. Are Democrats at risk of turning off their anti-war base by being unable to enunciate a position on Iraq?

and their top 10 reported stories...

1. Cindy Sheehan stands up to President Bush in Crawford, TX and reawakens the anti-war movement.
2. The people speak with their feet and in the polls. A majority of Americans now believe the war was a mistake and want to see the U.S. beginning to withdraw troops from the country.
3. The people of Iraq who have stood up for their nation's freedom - voting for political parties that call for the end of the occupation, with political leaders who signed the Cairo Statement that called for withdrawal of troops, for political forces putting forward the framework for a ceasefire and end to the war, and for Iraqis who have resisted the occupation.
4. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) puts forward an exit strategy. Murtha, who supported the invasion of Iraq and consistently advocates for a stronger military and larger defense budget, urged an immediate 'redeployment' of U.S. forces out of Iraq to be completed in six months.
5. Former military, intelligence and foreign service officers speak out against the war.
6. Republicans begin to break rank with the President.
7. Soldiers start to say no to the war, recruiters fail to meet recruitment goals, and mothers organize against the draft. The end of the Vietnam War came in part because U.S. soldiers lost faith in the war and their military leadership.
8. Congress stands up to the President and Vice President on torture. Three leading Republican Senators -- John McCain (AZ), John Warner (VA) and Lindsay Graham (SC) -- challenged the White House with legislation that would expressly prohibit cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in US custody anywhere in the world.
9. The Downing Street Memos breakthrough in the corporate media. A concerted web based campaign by a coalition of organizations under the name, forced the corporate media to cover the Downing Street Memos.
10. Anti-war Democrats, ignored the leadership of their party and have gotten organized and are speaking out more effectively than they had been through the 'Out of Iraq Caucus' in the House.

Click here for Project Censored's list of 25 stories.

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