August 16, 2005

ARTHUR CHRENKOFF offers more underreported news from Iraq. As always, there’s loads of stuff that you aren’t likely to see anywhere else.

Why does the shape of the coverage, and the omission of good news, matter? Because, as Ralph Peters notes: “Our enemies know the Marines won’t quit. But they hope you will.”

UPDATE: Michael Barone writes that it’s all the bad news that’s fit to print. He also asks: “How much coverage would the press have given a World War II-era Cindy Sheehan who camped outside Hyde Park or Warm Springs demanding to meet with President Roosevelt?”

But back then, the press wanted us to win.

ANOTHER UPDATE: How do they feel now? Like this:

The Washington Post dropped its sponsorship on Monday of a walk organized by the Pentagon to remember victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks and to support U.S. troops, saying it was possible the event would become “politicized.”

The press views the war as a political story, not a matter of patriotism. That’s what’s different about today’s coverage, and it’s a disgrace. Meanwhile, reader C.J. Burch emails: “How long before Steve Lovelady tries to have Michael Barone fired?”

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