More arguement in favor of the validity of the Johns Hopkins poll. Why does the media ignore it?

Originally published 10/16/06:

These guys at the World Socialist Website make a great point.  The methodology of the Johns Hopkins study has been at question and no media organization in the US is making the slightest noise about the results of this study in which 2.5% of the Iraqi population has been killed off under the US occupation.  The article states:

“There is no legitimate, scientific basis for rejecting the findings of this survey carried out under the auspices of Johns Hopkins, one of the leading US universities. Under the direction of epidemiologists at the college’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, Iraqi interviewers visited thousands of Iraqi families throughout the war-torn country. The sample size was huge: 12,801 individuals in 1,849 households, in a country of 26 million people. By comparison, the CBS-New York Times poll, whose findings receive regular front-page coverage in the Times, uses a sample of 800 to 2,000 people in a country of 300 million.

If President Bush were to declare at his next press conference that the opinion polls showing 60 percent or more of the population opposed to the war in Iraq are bogus, and based on a “flawed methodology,” the Times would presumably denounce such an accusation and demand the White House provide proof of the alleged poll-rigging.

Why is a similar standard not applied to the Johns Hopkins inquiry into the excess deaths in Iraq? Is it, perhaps, because these figures would implicate all those responsible for the US military intervention-including its media apologists-in killing on a scale that deserves to be called genocide?”

Go figure.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/oct2006/kell-o16.shtml

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