Thursday, March 15, 2007

Baghdad Crackdown Seems To Be Working

That's the AP headline and WYSIWYG. You can be cheered that the 'liberal media' is finally reporting the 'good news'- see, all it needed was a little firmness and we'll soon have this situation in hand. Or you can be aware that the word 'seems' is often the antecedent to a conclusion like 'but isn't really'.

You won't know unless you read the article. It may be a legitimate lead to a realistic analysis, or it may be a simple lure to gull the unwary. It's 'news' as a game that anyone can play, with the actual transmission of information as a small part of a bigger picture.

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