CNN recently asked “Why is ISIS winning?”
Earlier, Iraqi government troops and / or Kurdish fighters defeated ISIS at the border town of Kobane, near Turkey, and took control of the Baiji oil refinery, the largest oil refinery in Iraq. CNN was referring to the recent take-down of the Iraqi army at Ramadi. Still, does the CNN headline comes across as biased?
Earlier this year, The Fiscal Times reported that ISIS has been “defeated in every front in Iraq in unprecedented way – from Mosul to the north to Anbar to the west and Diyala to the east…” Iraqi government forces, Shiite militias, Sunni tribes and Kurdish forces were all victorious in battle, read the report.
In April, ISIS was beat back from the city of Tikrit. “ISIS just suffered its worst defeat yet – losing the Iraqi city of Tikrit,” reported Vox.
In March, The Washington Post stated: “Reports of rising tensions between foreign and local fighters, aggressive and increasingly unsuccessful attempts to recruit local citizens for the front lines, and a growing incidence of guerrilla attacks against Islamic State targets suggest the militants are struggling to sustain their carefully cultivated image as a fearsome fighting force…”
So, the question is: Who’s right? Is CNN being biased by stating that ISIS is winning? Or is ISIS being defeated, as other publications have stated?
Just as important – are some news outlets more likely to claim ISIS is “winning” than other media? Does politics come into play? For example, is Fox News more likely to report that ISIS is winning because it makes the President look bad? Just a thought…