Re "Fox News' Patriotic Fervor Sets It Apart in Ratings Race," April 11: Fox News Channel fails to show an accurate picture. During the last three weeks, hundred of civilians were killed in Baghdad, Basra and other Iraqi cities. Hospitals stopped counting their wounded and dead. Many had their limbs cut off by U.S weaponry and bombs. Families were buried in mass graves.
Fox only shows a couple hundred Iraqis cheering for the Marines. It does not show those who were crying in despair and having their homes accidentally bombed by American missiles. If we were to watch only Fox, we would think that we were liberating the Iraqi people by targeting only governmental and military bases. We would believe we were the Santa Claus of the Middle East, giving children gifts.
Fox News Channel's recent ratings success is not because there are more conservative-leaning viewers or that its anchors make "no bones about their patriotic fervor." FNC is ahead in the ratings because of what it is showing, not what its anchors are saying. While CNN's Aaron Brown is pontificating Ernest Hemingway-style about the day's events, FNC has the video, and it's often footage that the other cable networks don't have. And while its competitors are using the pool feed supplied by Abu Dhabi TV -- or worse, going to a commercial -- FNC is first to show images such as seized weapons caches or much-talked-about, extensive underground bunkers.