Nick Turse
In an important article at AlterNet today, “1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War — And Why We Let Them”, John Tirman, the executive director of MIT’s Center for International Studies, writes:
"It’s very rare to hear anything approximating the likely death toll [of Iraqis who died unnecessarily after the 2003 U.S. invasion] which is well into the hundreds of thousands, possibly more than one million. It‘s a textbook case of how opinion gatekeepers reinforce each other’s caution. Because the number of civilians killed in a U.S. war is so morally fraught, the news media, academics and political leaders tend to gravitate toward the figure (if mentioned at all) that is least disturbing."

In an important article at AlterNet today, “1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War — And Why We Let Them”, John Tirman, the executive director of MIT’s Center for International Studies, writes:

"It’s very rare to hear anything approximating the likely death toll [of Iraqis who died unnecessarily after the 2003 U.S. invasion] which is well into the hundreds of thousands, possibly more than one million. It‘s a textbook case of how opinion gatekeepers reinforce each other’s caution. Because the number of civilians killed in a U.S. war is so morally fraught, the news media, academics and political leaders tend to gravitate toward the figure (if mentioned at all) that is least disturbing."

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