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March 29, 2003

Civilian Body Count Bullshit


One great problem with the internet is it gives anyone a voice. In most cases this is a good thing, but, on the other hand you have people that use this new found voice to promote ideas that are nothing more than exaggerations and lies.

A new web site, iraqbodycount.net is a fine example of this kind of bullshit.

They claim they're a "Human Security project to establish an independent and comprehensive public database of civilian deaths in Iraq resulting directly from military actions by the USA and its allies in 2003." However, if you take the time to closely read their methodology you'll find that they have the ability to be anything but independent or fair in their calculations.

They apparently tabulate their maximum deaths number from the number of civilian deaths published by at least two of their approved list of news media sources. Their list of approved news media sources include such 'fine and respectable' news outlets like:
  • Al Jazeera network
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Jordan Times
  • Middle East Newsline
  • Middle East Online
  • Middle East Report
Well, why should this be a concern? Its been widely reported how unfair and biased these particular media outlets have been in their reporting as of late. Furthermore its widely known that Al Jazeera and Jordan Times have been airing and publishing (respectively) Iraqi Propaganda in verbatim.

According to the guidelines they use in their methodology they even have the ability to make the minimum deaths higher because they only enter the lower number of deaths reported in another two of their approved media sources. It conveniently doesn't say anywhere which two. Since they specifically went out of their way to suggest that any two could be used, they don't have to include the lowest estimate!

How convenient for these bullshitters!

Posted in War on Terrorism by usrbingeek at 2003-03-29 12:57 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink



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