Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Finally! No More Bad News From Iraq!

We all know that Laura Bush blames the media for always reporting only the bad news from Iraq.

We all know that no one suffers over the war like she and her W.

Certainly not the troops and their families, and certainly not the Iraqi people.

And Dick Cheney told us:
It's hard sometimes, if you look at just the news, to have the good stories burn through.
Of course, that was also when he told us:
From our perspective, looking back, as I say, to a year and a half ago, I think it's remarkable progress. I think we've turned the corner, if you will. I think when we look back from 10 years hence, we'll see that the year '05 was in fact a watershed year here in Iraq.
And, of course, that was back in December. Of 2005.

And Mr. Straight Talk, himself, also recognizes the real problem, in Iraq:
The new political-military strategy is beginning to show results. But most Americans are not aware because much of the media are not reporting it or devote far more attention to car bombs and mortar attacks that reveal little about the strategic direction of the war. I am not saying that bad news should not be reported or that horrific terrorist attacks are not newsworthy. But news coverage should also include evidence of progress. Whether Americans choose to support or oppose our efforts in Iraq, I hope they could make their decision based on as complete a picture of the situation in Iraq as is possible to report.
Well, thankfully, the news from Iraq is about to get much better! As AFP reported, yesterday:
Iraq's interior ministry has decided to bar news photographers and camera operators from the scenes of bomb attacks, operations director Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf said on Sunday (local time).

His announcement was the latest in a series of attempts to curtail press coverage of the ongoing conflict, which has already attracted criticism from international human rights bodies.
So, cheer up, everybody! We'll no longer have to waste our beautiful minds on something like that!

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