Monday, December 12, 2005

Surprising And Distressing News

Well, it's surprising and distressing if you're a Deaniac or follower of Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi.

70 percent of Iraqis say life is good for them.

Predictably, ABC News also finds this surprising can't report the news without adding some hand-wringing:
Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high. But views of the country's situation overall are far less positive, and there are vast differences in views among Iraqi groups — a study in contrasts between increasingly disaffected Sunni areas and vastly more positive Shiite and Kurdish provinces.
Notice how ABC rushes to fit in the "but" to the story. (HT: Blogfather Hugh.)


Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

At least ABC News, shocked (indeed: "shocked! shocked!") as they were, at least did the story. Watching even the short clips on the evening news and Nightline last evening took me on a schizophrenic rollercoaster of disbelief that the mainstream media could be so consistently wrong (and apparently oblivious that they could be) and hope that finally someone actually got out of the "green zone" and seemingly quit relying on Al Jazeera for the story of the day.

Thomas Sowell has a great piece entitled The Media's War  noting that the American media's current standard for reporting success or failure in the war would render any war unwinnable--at least for the United States. 

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