Monday, March 21, 2005

The difference between news and improv
From Mudville Gazette, this is the text of a CENTCOM news release:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - At approximately noon today, 24 terrorists were killed and seven wounded when they attacked coalition forces on the outskirts of Baghdad. Six soldiers were injured during the attack.
And this is the New York Times version:
Details about the Salman Pak ambush were vague, but the audacity of the insurgents, on the second anniversary of the start of the American military campaign that toppled Saddam Hussein, showed that the guerrilla war still burns fiercely here, long after President Bush proclaimed major combat operations over and despite a high turnout among Iraqis in the Jan. 30 elections. As the violence persists and as the winners of those elections continue to haggle over a new government, the optimism from the vote is quickly fading among ordinary Iraqis.
Noticeable difference, eh? Read the rest of the post—it's amazing.

UPDATE [20:57 - 3/21/2005]: More from The Man.

1 comment:

Irina Tsukerman said...

Again I'm not surprised. People see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear - so why not write what makes them feel better about themselves?