October 24, 2007

"YOU'D THINK THIS would be a big story."

Iraq: Violence-related deaths drop ‘remarkably’, say authorities and UN;

According to [Adel Muhsin, the health ministry's inspector-general], the average number of dead bodies sent to Baghdad’s main morgue just over a year ago was between 100 and 150 a day. Now, it is no more than 10 bodies a day, and about 50 percent of them are dying in normal circumstances.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon recently said that September witnessed the lowest number of Iraqi casualties in any month this year. He added that there had been a decease in violence in general due to a cessation of attacks by the Mahdi Army, led by Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who in August ordered a temporary freeze of his followers' activities, including attacks on US troops.

As a result, Ban said he had strengthened the UN team in Iraq by increasing staff in Baghdad and Erbil from 65 to 85 and was considering the establishment of a small UN presence in Basra.

YOU'D THINK THIS would be a big story...
After all, the mainstream media makes such a show of "supporting the troops" at every turn, you'd think it would rush to report the amazing story of our soldiers accomplishing what many observers declared "impossible" and "unwinnable" not so long ago.

It hasn't worked out that way. When General Ricardo Sanchez (ret.) addressed the situation in Iraq on October 11, he proclaimed that America was "living a nightmare with no end in sight." Naturally, the "nightmare" quote wound up in the first paragraph of the New York Times report on Sanchez's comments. What didn't find its way into the Times' report was any context of what's going on in Iraq. The "nightmare" assessment would have been a whole lot more fitting when Sanchez was helping run the show in Iraq in 2006 than it is today.


The mainstream media's failure to report what's been happening in Iraq frustrates [Michael] Yon perhaps more than anyone. He has risked his life to tell that story, and the American media has yawned, apparently preferring the anachronistic pronouncements of a former general who hasn't been in the theatre since the surge began. Earlier this week, Yon offered his dispatches free of charge to any paper willing to publish them. It will be interesting to see if he has any takers.

Emphasis mine. Because I don't want my readers at The Star, The Globe, Macleans, and CBC to claim they didn't know.

More from Jules Crittenden on a media Desperately Seeking Fly.

Posted by Kate at October 24, 2007 11:27 AM

It is not cool for the MSM to report on anything that would put George Bush and the American government in a positive light. MSM puts heavy emphasis on the negative!!

Posted by: Mike Kyoto at October 24, 2007 11:33 AM

Of course they know, Kate. They simply refuse (act of will) to print positive stories about the war in Iraq.

The reasons are varied, but the main one is that it is pro-American. As your post implies, anti-American stories get front page coverage both north and south of the border.

Success in Iraq is markedly pro-American and few be they in the Canadian media who will promote much less glorify American principle, strength, power, virtue and enterprise. Success in Iraq indicates that America, Britain and other allies achieved victory where nobody else could. It means Canada -- the supposed upholder of peace and virtue and democracy the world over -- chose to sit on the sidelines with its thumbs up its a$$ during one of the greatest and noblest endeavours of recent history, bringing freedom to the peoples of Iraq and disposing of its madman (Sudan, anyone?). It means hard power has a place and that it works (as if we needed more proof), again a blow to liberal soft power theory. It also means George Bush isn't a moron, which is an overtone on virtually all commentary or editorial masquerading as news. Finally it means that the media are not as powerful a fifth column as they believe they are. Their "next Vietnam" strategy of emphasizing only the negative over the positive didn't deter success on the ground and didn't deter the White House.

Success in Iraq is a massive blow to everything the partisan media abides by today.

Posted by: mark peters at October 24, 2007 11:46 AM

Bill O'Reilly on his TV Factor program quite simply declares American MSM leftist George Bush haters corrupt, regarding how they present the Iraqi and Afghanistan reconstruction effort and winning the hearts and minds in those countries.

SDA readers and conservative Canadian blogs can relate that same scenario to Canadian MSM
The Star, The Globe, Macleans, and CBC, CTV, Global etal, in Spades and with George Bush hater spokesman Taliban Jack Layton most often as their favourite Canadian spokesman.

But then these are the same corporate media entities that enabled by willful blindness a decade or more of corruption to exist in Canadian governance before January 2006.

Pity Canada does not have an O'Relly Factor equivalent entity in Canada.
SDA cannot do it all alone.

Posted by: Joe Molnar at October 24, 2007 11:48 AM

It just amazes me that our news media has not took advantage of Yon's reporting. I, for one, appreciate his reports -- not just the "rack-em and stack-em" style of MSM reporting. Yon is actually reporting from the field -- something you don't see from our media.

Posted by: Orlin at October 24, 2007 12:00 PM

It seems to me that the story here is:


The follow up lines should follow ... Democrats in US,Liberals and NDP in Canada terribly depressed at this latest turn of events.

However, it won't be reported at all in the MSM. They don't want to say anything that may make GW Bush look like he is doing something good or right.

I encourage all of you to call your cable provider and sign up for the FOX NEWS. It is worth the five or so extra bucks a month.

Posted by: John West at October 24, 2007 12:26 PM

The MSM is the entertainment branch of feel-good politics.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at October 24, 2007 12:28 PM

Notice that in announcing the augmentation of the UN teams in Iraq, UN Secy-Genl Moon was careful to NOT attribute the much improved Iraq security status to US and Coalition military efforts. He made this huge improvement seem a consequence of Iraqi Shia (Iran stooge) al-Sadr's "temporary freeze of his followers' activities".

Moon can't even bring himself to use the words "terrorist" or "terrorism", preferring the bland, amoral "religious leader" and "activities".

That would put the murderous Mr. al-Sadr on the same level as, say, Pope Benedict, the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama.

Anybody buying that?

Posted by: Dave in Pa. at October 24, 2007 12:33 PM

A headline you might see.

Iraqi funeral directors concerned about sharp drop in business.

Posted by: set you free at October 24, 2007 12:34 PM

The reporting on Iraq has truly been abysmal. There has not even been a peep about the undeniable success of Gen. Petraeus' counterinsurgency strategy. Where is the balanced reporting?

The cynicism and ignorance of all but a handful of reporters (particularly here in Canada) is truly breathtaking. So many activist-types go into the field of journalism that I suppose that shouldn't be a surprise. Their hatred of Bush and all things American runs so deep that they can't even bring themselves to examine or report facts which run counter to their conventional wisdom. Instead, the gist of their reporting has been to claim that Petraeus must be lying, completely ignoring the overwhelming weight of evidence indicating that something remarkable is happening in Iraq.

I would truly love to see an in-depth analysis of what exactly the Americans are doing differently and why it has been so successful. I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: Belisarius at October 24, 2007 12:59 PM

Well .... On the topic of BIAS ... It just never lets up with the MSM determined to push their take on the public.

Just a word on FOX news.... had it for a couple of months now. While it is refreshing to see something that is not unrelentingly anti-conservative and blindly supportive of all things liberal and degenerate..... the actual coverage in terms of breadth and depth is not really much better than CNN.

In fact if you have your filters working and can stomach the blatant BS you actually get more information from BBC, CBC and the other hardcore leftstream sources. It's just such a damned pain in the @ss to be constantly insulted and lied to by these turds in leftard land.

Posted by: OMMAG at October 24, 2007 12:59 PM

CBC guilty of distorting news from Afghanistan. A good column in the SUN today.

Posted by: Jimbo at October 24, 2007 1:32 PM

SDA Sheeple,


The rest of the world gets it, all of you should get it too.

Sheesh, enough with the paranoia.

Posted by: Liberal Ron at October 24, 2007 1:48 PM


Do you mean no NEGATIVE news is good news?

For who?

I would hate to think that all we should concentrate on are the failures and foilbles of other human beings in a vain attempt to diminish the need to correct our own imperfections.

Critical thought is not about criticism ... it describes the process weighing all options and coming up with the best solution.

That particular concept, I believe, has been lost on today's media/entertainment creators of fantasyland.

Posted by: set you free at October 24, 2007 1:57 PM

Gotta love the comment at the bottom of the CalSun article.
"From the point of view of CBC news through long, broad and comprehensive coverage, we ensure that a range of views are represented both pro and con as reflects the situation," said Keay yesterday.

Once again another example of why this country has been in a mess so long. Its time to give the MSM an enema and cleanse the whole system, starting with the NPG.

Posted by: Antenor at October 24, 2007 2:09 PM

WHOO-HOO!! It appears that Operation Mongoose 2.0 is proceeding apace. Unfortunately, Det. Insp. Kate MacMillan seems to be on to us. (Give her a plastic badge and a squirtgun, and she goes all James Bond on us). Damn she's smart!

Nevertheless, it looks like the MSM, which we have in our back pockets is on track to move public opinion, and thus the White House, to bring the troops home!

With this in effect, we will clear the way for Iran to invade Iraq, seize oilfields across the middle east, and thus enslave us all! A maddrassa in every neighbourhood! True, our lefty social programs probably WON'T see the light of day under our new overlords, but us lefties don't mind. While we'll be trudging off to toil in the salt mines of the New Republic of Cannuckistan, we'll be secretly grateful that our new Arab masters are...well...wait, how does this go, Kate?

I mean, this is what you think is going on, right? Lefties - and our apparent accomplices in the media - want to hand over our freedoms

Posted by: Perry at October 24, 2007 2:16 PM

Talk about inconvenient truths.

Inconvenient for the MSM and the Left.

No wonder they don't want to talk about it.

Posted by: Canadian Sentinel at October 24, 2007 2:28 PM

Funny how when the media becomes the news the media becomes silent.

Go blogs!!!!

Posted by: Louise at October 24, 2007 3:01 PM

Okay Perry, explain why leftist are always eager to hand over their freedoms to criminals by thwarting any attempt to protect their victims, supporting throughout my lifetime the Soviets, Communist China, Cuba against our democracies. defend the stealing and corruption of the Liberals and always, always attacking our only defense against tyrannies - the United States.

Now you are aligning with Islamists to take us back to the 7th century. Leftists always want power to regulate and control people lives and attack anyone who stands in their way. Right up until they are stood up against the wall or the knife is at their throats then for a split second the blinders come off, too late.

Posted by: David Hand at October 24, 2007 4:13 PM

Violence-related deaths could be down, because so many people have been killed off, or fled the country?

Posted by: sheik yerbootie at October 24, 2007 4:20 PM

Thus spracht Perry: "Lefties - and our apparent accomplices in the media - want to hand over our freedoms"

Because its much harder for the Democrats to sell their "Run away, run AWAAAAYYY!!!!" anti-war crap when the Yanks are winning?

Posted by: The Phantom at October 24, 2007 6:50 PM

Well Sheik Yerbootie, violence is down because the Sunni have turned against Al Qaeda and are now cooperating with the Americans. the Murder of Abdul Sattar Abu Reesha pretty much sealed it.

Posted by: Louise at October 24, 2007 7:11 PM


*Because, since the Soviet Union collapsed nearly 20 years ago, China is communist in name only, and Cuba is even more rickety and anemic than ever before, you need a new boogeyman. You're welcome.

Posted by: Perry at October 24, 2007 9:53 PM





Posted by: Justthinkin at October 25, 2007 9:08 AM

Much more telling than the headlining of the "nightmare" line was the omission of any mention of the first half of his speech, in which he excoriated the MSM for bias and lack of ethical standards, and pandering to a political agenda. It took Pat Dollard's outrage and personal connection to a Fox exec to get that story out.

Posted by: Brian H at October 27, 2007 6:59 AM