Late last month ComRes polled 2,021 British adults and asked them: “How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?”
The correct answer is very, very, very high. For example, the respected medical journal, The Lancet, estimated that over 600,000 people had died violently between 2003 and 2006, alone.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media, upon which people depend to remain informed about what happens overseas simply cannot be trusted. Thus to enable the war on Iraq to be launched in the first place, the mainstream media promoted misinformation and actively sought to undermine and delegitimize the hugely popular anti-war movement; while to this day the same media continually underplay the extent of the truly horrific violence inflicted upon Iraq and its peoples.
This propaganda offensive has proved successful beyond their ruling class owners wildest dreams, and the results of the ComRes poll illustrate that 44% of people believe that less than 5,000 Iraqi combatants and civilians have died since 2003; with 66% thinking the death toll is less than 20,000.
Sadly it seems that the propaganda has been most effective in the East Midlands, with 50% of people believing that less than 5,000 Iraqis have died since 2003; with only 3% correctly estimating that in excess of 500,000 people have been slaughtered.
These shocking results demonstrate how the mainstream media actively undermines our ability to make informed democratic decisions about critical issues effecting the world around us. Little surprise then that when the media was offered a scoop to report on these disturbing poll results they declined and instead wrote up the scoop in a little-read blog post.
In fact as Medialens reported: the chief correspondent at Channel 4 News (Alex Thomson) who was offered the scoop wrote on his blog that he found the results “so staggeringly, mind-blowingly at odds with reality” that they left him “speechless.” Nevertheless, his single blog post “has so far provided the only corporate media discussion of the poll.”
UPDATE: for further reading, see “Debating a BBC journalist about ComRes poll on Iraq War death.”