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FOXNews Trivializes The Deaths of American Soldiers

a soldier in iraq is 66 times more likely to be killed in combat or by accident than a person killed by homicide in california.

or

if you are comparing death in iraq to murder in california, california is 68 times safer.
August 29, 2003

How FOXNews, Owned by Rupert Murdoch and Managed by Republican Operative Roger Ailes, Tries to Trivialize The Deaths of Our American Soldiers

Plus, A BuzzFlash Reader Proves Brit Hume is Dead Wrong

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

From Brit Hume's War Time "Grapevine" on FOXNews [ http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,95850,00.html ]:

California Roughly Same Size As Iraq

Two hundred and seventy seven U.S. soldiers have now died in Iraq, which means that, statistically speaking, U.S. soldiers have less of a chance of dying from all causes in Iraq than citizens have of being murdered in California...which is roughly the same geographical size. The most recent statistics indicate California has more than 2,300 homicides each year, which means about 6.6 murders each day. Meanwhile, U.S. troops have been in Iraq for 160 days, which means they are incurring about 1.7, including illness and accidents, each day.

This, by the way, is straight from the Pentagon and proves that FOXNews is just a megaphone for the administration. A few weeks back, Rumsfeld used a similarly thoughtless comparison, but just not with California.

Brit Hume was an apologist for Bush the Elder, playing tennis with the administration back then. Can you see the collar around his neck, with the leash being held by the White House?

The right wing shills don't give a damn about our soldiers dying. That's just the bottom line. They just want to protect their power base and their careers, at the cost of our young men and women in Iraq.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

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I'd Rather Be in California
A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary

LETS DO SOME CALCULATIONS

Reshaping the dialogue to ask the real question -- Which is safer, a soldier fearing combat death or death from an accident in Iraq or a person fearing homocide in California?

A:
6.6 average daily murders in California with 38,000,000 people at risk.
(6.6/38,000,000 = probability is 0.0000002)

B:
1.7 average DAILY military related deaths in Iraq with 150,000 soldiers at risk (1.7/150,000 = probability is 0.00001)

C:
RELATIVE RISK = RISK IN IRAQ / RISK IN CALIFORNIA

= 67.5 (when done on a calculator)

A SOLDIER IN IRAQ IS 66 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED IN COMBAT OR BY ACCIDENT THAN A PERSON KILLED BY HOMICIDE IN CALIFORNIA.

OR

IF YOU ARE COMPARING DEATH IN IRAQ TO MURDER IN CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA IS 68 TIMES SAFER.

Lets send Brit Hume to Iraq, in any military uniform.

Also, now you see why FOX News is technically correct and unfair and unbalanced in saying that most of American voted for Bush in 2000 -- this is true if you are counting acreage or square miles (red versus blue on the map) and not people.

Have a great day,

Harry Piotrowski
Oak Park

homepage: homepage: http://www.buzzflash.com/analysis/03/08/29_fox.html
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And what about the injured 29.Aug.2003 14:24

Justadude

What about the injured, the mangled. What about all those missing limbs and bound to wheelchairs? Insecurity goes far beyond the death toll I'm afraid. When a news reporter says, "Two soldiers were wounded and 4 others wounded in an ambush." All folks tend to recognize is the death of the two soldiers and neglect the fact that 4 other people were seriously injured.

Thanks for the clarification 30.Aug.2003 03:53

Dance

I observed Brit Hume was a smartass years ago when he was working for ABC. I've had little respect for him ever since.

poetic rehash 30.Aug.2003 12:46

the redcoat

O'Reilly rules
Or maybe it's drools
Brit Hume has got it
Or maybe he forgot it