Friday, June 13, 2003

To call the USA Today Cover story about the 'real end of the war in Iraq' bad journalism would be to insult bad journalism; it is really an editorial, not an appropriate cover story. To expect a nation that has been ravaged by three major wars in the last 23 years to be subdued in a handful of weeks is so naive as to cross the line from wishful thinking and move firmly into lack of thinking. As you read, keep an eye out for how the journalists (Kelley, Strauss, Kasindorf and Valerie Alvord) betray their sources by revealing in the newspaper the worries Luis Sanchez was keeping from his fiancée, Keri Nettle, about his deployment, instead of telling her themselves when they interviewed her, or honoring his wishes to keep quiet (from USA Today).

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