“In daily violence” as a transition, a lead-in to a three-sentence summary of the day’s destruction? We understand the Times had to get the “daily violence” in its news report somewhere and that every bloody incident in Iraq can’t receive A1 treatment. (There’s more than a whiff of editor induced, deadline driven, paper of record-ness in this knit we’re picking.) And none of this is meant to imply that the press has stopped covering the horrors of Iraq (see today’s front page of the Times). Still, the longer the war drags on and the more the story becomes How The Hell Do We Extricate Ourselves From This Mess, the greater the temptation to minimize, in ways large and small, the fact that 94 people are dying on average every day over there.
Behind the News
12:46 PM - January 17, 2007
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