Violence Falls In Iraq, Press Weeps for Economic State of Iraqi Gravediggers

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Oct 17, 2007 9:32 AM
No, seriously. There are so many new and exciting ways to avoid reporting good news in Iraq, but we must thank McClatchy for this truly innovative one!
At what's believed to be the world's largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isn't good.

A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
Sniff.

Wow, now that's some miss-the-point reporting. The press will call it "slice-of-life" or some such nonsense, but it's reflective of the almost unrelenting bad attitude and occasional bad faith with which the media reports the war. They're given a no-brainer positive story like "violence down," and they're not content to pad it with caveats or simply downplay it. Nooo, they have to find the obscure angle by which iraqi children of gravediggers will eat no more because of the evil American occupation.

Ridiculous.

Update:
On the other hand, credit where credit's due when they sometimes get it right. Last night, CBS honored Michael Murphy, the first Medal of Honor recipient of the Afghanistan war. Go forth and watch. An amazing story.