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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Deceiving Headlines - They Report, We're Fooled

Here is the Bloomberg headline, although it could be from any newswire:

Bombing in Northwest Iraq Kills 17, Including Women, Children
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Now for the story...well maybe
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At least 17 civilians, including women and children, were killed late today by a suicide truck bombing in Tal Afar, a northwestern Iraqi city, according to President Jalal Talabani's Kurdish political party.
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Let us now digress from the headline:
The violence came in a city that President George W. Bush has cited as an example of progress in fighting rebels in Iraq. Bush in March said his confidence in his Iraq strategy stemmed from the success that U.S. and Iraqi personnel have had in Tal Afar, a city of about 290,000 people. The city was a staging ground for insurgents until the U.S. began an offensive in September that stabilized the city ``block by block,'' and allowed people to resume their daily lives, Bush said.
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Let's get a little further from the headline now:
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Bush's job approval rating fell to a record low of 31 percent in a USA Today/Gallup poll released yesterday. The survey, carried out May 5-7, offered no details on which issues hurt Bush the most. Other public opinion polls show that dissatisfaction over the war in Iraq, along with concern about rising gasoline and health care costs, have sapped Bush's popularity.
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Shoddy reporting would be an understatement. Editorializing under the guise of a news story is what this really is.

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