Monday, February 07, 2005

Changing Coverage
A headline on CNN.com today brought to mind the way the coverage of the Iraq war has changed. The headline reads: Suicide bombers kill at least 27 in Iraq.

So what's new? In the early (and even more recent) days of post-war coverage, headlines only tallied the casualties among non-Iraqi soldiers—Iraqi deaths were only reported in the article body. Now, we're given the sum total of casualties in a given day. Why? Because overall casualties are declining slightly, and coalition-non-Iraqi casualties are beginning to show significant decreases. MSM responds, of course, by sexing it up.

Moreover, this disproves Teddy Kennedy's claim that American forces are the problem, as Iraqis are clearly the increasingly common target of insurgents.

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