Saudis Love Americans!

With the War of Terror increasingly focused on looming conflict with Iran, news on public opinion reporting has become increasingly difficult to come by. Yet Christian Science Monitor along with countless other news reporting sources both at home (Washington Post, CNN, New York Times) and in the Middle East (Asharq Al-Awsat) released its January commentary on the state of “pro-America Saudi Arabia,” a report among others which raved about the Terror Free Tomorrow release of its latest public survey results from Saudi Arabia. Christian Science Monitor writer Kenneth Ballen, president of Terror Free Tomorrow: The Center for Public Opinion, reported an unwaveringly patriotic twist on survey results- though other American news reports were not quite as striped. In fact, the difference between Ballen’s piece and, say, commentary by the New York Times, is remarkable. While Ballen states:

“For in this country most sacred to Muslims, Mr. bin Laden’s countrymen have dramatically turned against him, Al Qaeda, Saudi fighters in Iraq, and terrorism itself. And they have also equally dramatically turned in favor of bin Laden’s chief enemy: the United States. The people of Saudi Arabia are now among the most pro-American and antiterrorist of any in the entire Muslim world.

Nothing like a little “you’re either with us or against us” to keep the message clear and concise. While NYTimes writers agreed on the results of the latest poll showing intense dislike for bin Laden and Al Qaeda, their ‘pro-American’ sentiments were interpreted (read: reported) a little differently:

“”People around the Muslim world look up to Saudi Arabia,” said Ken Ballen, the group’s president. The fact that al-Qaida and bin Laden are so overwhelmingly rejected in Saudi Arabia is a significant thing. [However] President Bush is viewed positively by 12 percent of Saudis, less than half the number with a good impression of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…. Forty percent have favorable opinions of the U.S. — a lower rating than they gave China, Iran and all four other countries tested. “

Same data, different story. What happened to fair and free data analysis in the media?

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~ by 1womanarmy on February 4, 2008.

One Response to “Saudis Love Americans!”

  1. interesting blog!

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