ANOTHER PERSON RETURNS FROM IRAQ and says that the media portrayal is distorted:

Lewis Lucke had heard from his wife, Joy, and their friends in Texas that the news media’s view of events in Iraq was bleak.

But the 52-year-old foreign service officer, who is directing the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of Iraq, wasn’t really prepared for just how bleak when he returned home to Austin this week for a five-day visit, his first since May.

“There’s just an incredible amount of productive stuff going on over there, with a lot of Iraqi participation,” he said. “To come here and see it portrayed as a failure in the making — it’s very superficial and inaccurate.”

Read the whole thing. We just keep getting these reports, from all sorts of observers. I think it’s a major blow to media credibility.