Iraq body count info-graphic for Media Lens poll

Last month, a ComRes poll supported by Media Lens interviewed 2,021 British adults, asking:

‘How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?’

An astonishing 44 per cent of respondents estimated that less than 5,000 Iraqis had died since 2003. Fifty-nine per cent believed that fewer than 10,000 had died. Just 2 per cent put the toll in excess of one million, the likely correct estimate.

In October 2006, just three years into the war, the Lancet medical journal reported ‘about 655,000 Iraqis have died above the number that would be expected in a non-conflict situation, which is equivalent to about 2.5% of the population in the study area’.

To read more about the recent poll, go to the Media Lens website, here.

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Pluto’s own Design Manager, Melanie Patrick, created the below infographic to support the article (linked to above). It’s a brilliant visual representation of the enduring ignorance surrounding the true cost of life from the Iraq War.


NEWSPEAK in the 21st Century

David Edwards and David Cromwell

Exposé of pro-establishment bias in the news, including the so-called liberal media.

“Not since Orwell and Chomsky has perceived reality been so skilfully revealed in the cause of truth.” – John Pilger

“Regular critical analysis of the media, filling crucial gaps and correcting the distortions of ideological prisms, has never been more important. Media Lens has performed a major public service by carrying out this task with energy, insight, and care.” – Noam Chomsky

£16.99 only £15.00 on the Pluto site

7 thoughts on “Iraq body count info-graphic for Media Lens poll

  1. Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    Counting body counts at the Pluto Press blog. There is something wrong about reducing all those lives lost to a number, summed and calcuated, and then represented like this. But the ignorance of the likely scale of deaths is doubtless even more disturbing.l

  2. An irony missed here is that the 2% of people who think the count is “over one million” EXCLUDES most of the scientific researchers. The latest edition of the Lancet, for example, contains two reviews of the available research (including the previous Lancet-published surveys). Neither review concludes that the count is over one million. In fact one goes with IBC’s figure as being the most reliable:

    “We conclude that at least 116903 Iraqi non-combatants and more than 4800 coalition military personnel died over the 8-year course.”

    The other new review published in the Lancet was co-written by Richard Garfinkle – an author on the earlier 2004 Lancet survey, and thus hardly impartial. Even this review won’t put the figure higher than “half a million civilians”:

    It should also be noted that a full LexisNexis search reveals well over 2000 media articles mentioning Lancet Iraq. This of course makes a mockery of Medialens’s claim that the media has been “silent” on the two Lancet -published surveys.

  3. This blog post considers whether the liberal or right wing media was mainly responsible for the level of ignorance about Iraqi deaths in the UK.

    While we were trying to raise funds to pay for the ComRes poll, Medialenswipe went on the Startsomegood wesbite where we fund raising to clearly try to discourge donations. Quite a warped little agenda “Medialenswipe” has, as can be guessed from that name.

    stuartelden, I agree that numbers alone can never do justice to the suffering unleashed by the war. A civilized rmedia would convey the images required to ensure that the victims remains in our minds. In reality the victims of wars launched by the major imperial powers will not even registier as statistics as we see from the ComRes poll results.

    1. It’s a pity that Joe Emersberger doesn’t address our factual claims, both here and in a comment at the original crowdsourcing site for the ComRes poll, where far from trying to “discourage donations”, as Emersberger falsely asserts, we queried the premise of the poll question, given the lack of reference in it to media source for the estimates (quite valid given the results, which offer no indication where the low estimates came from). Judge for yourself what we were saying:

      Joe Emersberger has not responded adequately to our point that well over 2000 media articles mention Lancet Iraq, as shown by LexisNexis search. (Joe claims the media “imposes ignorance” on this issue – shown as nonsense when one analyses the media coverage). Neither has he responded to our point about the latest research published by the Lancet journal giving estimates of “at least 116903” and “half a million” deaths respectively (not “over a million”).

      Instead, Joe Emersberger writes that we’re “warped”, and that this is evident from our name. On the contrary, our name is simply a playful, humorous extension of Medialens’s “lens” metaphor. But, again, judge for yourself. Check our claims:

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