If, like me, you lived in L.A. and picked up your hard copy of the L.A. Times off the driveway this morning, you would have seen this headline, center-front page, above the fold:
A Sliding Scale for VictoryNow, you might wonder, that doesn't look like news-- why is it there on the front page? Oh, wait, just above the headline, in small type, it says "News Analysis."
As the conflict in Iraq enters its fourth year and civil war threatens, the Bush administration is again working to lower expectations.
By Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
March 19, 2006
Oh, you say to yourself; it's just the Times, at it again.
Then you turn to the sports page, which is pretty much the only reason you still subscribe.