I called it right. When I stated the obvious that the Finnish media will completely bypass this one poll in favor of another, I just knew they would stay true to form. It’s because the former (5ooo Iraqis sampled) gives a more favorable result while the latter (2000 Iraqis sampled) does not.
The first poll to come over the wire was in the NYT’s edition of the Times On Line: “Iraqis: Life Is Getting Better”.
The second poll to come out in the last two days I spotted on the BBC’s website: “Pessimism Growing Among Iraqis“
Which of the two polls did Finland’s state TV (YLE) choose to publish? The latter of course, the one that depicts Iraqis as losing hope. “Irakilaiset yhä epävarmempia tulevaisuudestaan / Iraqis are still uncertain about the future.”
This is proof of the reluctance that exists within the Finnish media’s major news outlets, to report stories that contradict their preconceived notions and ideological points of view. So it comes as NO SURPRISE that YLE chose to ignore a poll that showed Iraqis as having a more positive outlook on their future.
Regardless if either poll actually represents the true sentiments of the Iraqis as a whole, the Finnish public will be privy to only the one viewpoint chosen by the “gate keepers” of the Finnish media. The brainwashing of Finnish society continues. *L* KGS
Update: In response to an email I sent to one of YLE’s editor’s Atte Jääskeläinen, concerning their whitewashing of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement of “wiping Israel off the map”.
I received the following from YLE’s EIC Atte Jääskeläinen:
“Sir,The purpose of YLE News is not to lead the Finnish public to believe in anything, but to report on news. In that we try to present several points of views, if possible.”
I can’t think of anything more ironic and hypocritical than YLE Editor-in-Chief Atte Jääskeläinen’s statement of “we try to promote several points of views”.
Puh-leeeeeze. *L* KGS
This is an excellent example of the media bias in more than one way:
Not only did YLE choose to report the one of the two polls which came to the conclusion they wanted, but they also chose the one :
(a) which was conducted by the media itself, not by researchers, and
(b) they published it before having ANY information what so ever on how it was done:
“The poll was commissioned by the BBC, ABC News, ARD German TV and USA Today. The survey was conducted by D3 Systems. Full details of the poll will be available on this website at 1200 GMT on Monday.” (they were not yet there when I checked!)
In contrast, the poll with the results the media does NOT like was:
(a) carried out by professionals (a UK polling firm O.R.B., which has been tracking public opinion in Iraq since 2005) and
(b) where the details were made available immediately when one reader had commented that
“(w)ithout a more detailed account of the polling process, the reported statistics are meaningless”.
Here are the details:
Results are based face-to-face interviews amongst a nationally representative sample of 5,019 adults aged 18+ throughout Iraq. The standard margin of error on the sample size is +1.4% The methodology uses multi-stage random probability sampling and covers every one of the eighteen governorates within Iraq. Interviews conducted 10th – 22nd February 2007.
Proof that the gate keepers (editors) of the Finnish media, are biased and are brainwashing the Finnish public. *L* KGS
Update: (20.03.07) Helsingin Sanomat mimics YLE and reports only the media commissioned poll by the BBC, USA Today ABC news and ARD. “Irakissa tehty kysely osoittaa pelon ja toivottomuuden leviävän / Iraq poll shows the spread of fear and uncertainty”
Tundra Tabloids was right again.