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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Beneath the Fold

Here's what Bloomberg's news service reported today on Iraq. Good luck finding it in your local paper. Try looking beneath the fold on page 12.

At least 10 Iraqis and two U.S. soldiers were killed in three separate blasts north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said today. Agence France-Presse said a car bomb south of the Iraqi capital killed three people.

That's eight more U.S. soldiers since Monday, and it's all reported beneath the fold. Their deaths, their broken homes--it's all so common now it's not newsworthy. These stories are getting buried. Go to Fox, CNN, The Washington Post--any major daily. This is not the lead. The top headline at CNN is currently Bush's trip to Slovakia (accompanied by a fantastic photo of our dear leader). Fox features the Pope's latest bout of the flu.

What's actually happening in Iraq? Consider the end of the first sentence. Bloomberg is one of the few news outlets left to include this phrase in their reporting: "the U.S. military said today". It's important to remember that almost all the news we read from Iraq comes from inside the green zone, from embedded reporters, or from military spokespeople.

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