Wednesday, September 13, 2006

NYT misleading about grim Iraq assessment

Headline NYT "Grim Report Out of Anbar Is Disputed By General"

Headline WP "General Affirms Anbar Analysis" And adds a confirming quote which the Times doesn't have.
"I have seen that report and I do concur with that [intelligence] assessment," said Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer, speaking to reporters yesterday by telephone from his headquarters near Fallujah, Iraq. He said he found "frank and candid" the analysis by Col. Pete Devlin, the Marine intelligence chief in Iraq, who concluded that prospects for securing Anbar province are dim.
Then the AP backs the WP story in the revealing details but follows the NYT in the tone and headline. See, the Times and the AP don't need Judy Miller, they have plenty of other conservative flacks.

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