A front-page story in today’s Washington Post reports an upsurge in violence in Baghdad during the past three weeks. But the Post failed to report the sharp reduction in such violence during August that corresponded with the arrival of more U.S. forces. And it fails to mention that reduction in today’s article even though (or, more likely, because) doing so would help the reader evaluate the overall effect of our presence.
In a military engagement like this one, some months will be better than others. A newspapers that reports the statistics from the relatively bad months but buries those from the relatively good ones is not an honest newspaper.
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