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All three network morning shows highlighted newly published tabloid photos of Saddam Hussein in his underwear, but only NBC’s Today treated it like a human rights scandal, inviting on Saddam defense lawyer Giovanni DiStefano to voice his outrage. ABC and CBS didn’t give a dictator’s lawyer time today to complain about due process the dictator never granted. Compare that to April 15, when the New York Times reported the discovery of new Saddam-era mass graves in southern Iraq, including one believed to be holding as many as 5,000 corpses. NBC didn’t air that story. How do undies pictures of Saddam compare to Saddam’s mass murder on the human rights meter? NBC’s record of coverage suggests America should find the undies pictures more outrageous.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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