"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

CNN.com - More than 370 Iraqis killed since Golden Mosque attack - Feb 28, 2006

CNN.com - More than 370 Iraqis killed since Golden Mosque attack - Feb 28, 2006: "An Iraqi government spokesman said Tuesday that 379 people have died and 458 others have been wounded since Wednesday's bombing of the gold-domed Al-Askariya Mosque in Samarra, north of Baghdad. "

The news of 379 people dying in this short span of time is appalling and should strengthen Iraqi's resolve; also our own, I would hope.

Meanwhile, even though the msm has been reporting on the mosque bombings, there is something disturbing about what constitutes a story and what doesn't. Don't shoot the messenger, I know; but they seem to relish it, which is probably just my view of them.

Meanwhile...in CNN QuickVote land....

The latest violence in Iraq is:

An attempt by insurgents to provoke civil war 44% 9784 votes
Alarming, but not civil war 8% 1725 votes
Already civil war 48% 10719 votes
Total: 22228 votes

Call me ignorant if you want, I don't care, but the 48% in the "already civil war" column is alarming. Don't shoot the messenger, however, the messenger decides how a story looks and this strikes me as more a symptom of the culmination of years of poor, "biased" reporting's results. Everyone takes sides of course, but what happens to the sides when news/current events are filtered?

There are certainly arguments to be made for "insurgents provoking," "alarming," and "already," but how is the media reporting it now? Will they base the angle on poll results or will they base it more on "we don't know, but we'll keep you informed?"

Following are further arguments from previous posts, definately do check out the source linked/posted on, as they are certainly more *succint than I am. Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here

*I have linked them, but by "succint," I don't mean the msm generally.


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