How Good is the News out of Iraq? And Why Isn’t It Getting Reported?

Dean Barnett wonders why this chart is not getting front page coverage on every newspaper in the country. It tracks American deaths in Iraq for every month since the war began. Look carefully at the numbers at the far right of the chart, from June until now. This covers the surge of Gen. Petraeus. Apparently this dramatic drop is not considered newsworthy.

Yet as Barnett notes,

What’s most frustrating about the press’s reporting about Iraq is that you just know the next time something goes wrong, be it a car bomb slipping through or a mishap involving American soldiers, that story will get above-the-fold treatment in America’s major dailies. The same old voices will begin shrieking “quagmire.”

Iraq casualties


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