Saturday, October 15, 2005

Iraqi Triumph vs MSM Trivia

LGF has a moving email from an Iraqi exile living in California. Mr.Ajinas reports that at least 65% of the voters turned out to cast their vote on the the country's constitution.

More importantly, he sums up the feelings of his family about what America has done for his country:
     Again the Ajinas in California and in Iraq owe a great thank you to the men and women of the USA (military & civilians) who are making all of this possible. Thank you for all your sacrifices, all your hard work, and your tenacity and vision and thank you for a bright future.
Now, let’s wait and see what the legacy media makes of this story. Can you guess?

If the percentages hold true, how about this headline in The New York Times: “Over a Third of Iraqi Voters Stay Home Instead of Voting.”

Meanwhile, now magazines are competing for fraud charges with the dailies:
     The U.S. Attorney’s Office probing newspaper circulation practices tied to the Newsday scandal has turned its attention the magazine business. Time Inc. said yesterday that it was hit with a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York in late July. The company is “cooperating fully with the investigation,” said company spokeswoman Dawn Bridges. It could not be determined if Time was the only company hit or whether the probe had expanded to other publishers. There have been three arrests in the Newsday probe, although The Post, the Daily News and The New York Times all had their records subpoenaed. The other major magazine publishers yesterday indicated that they did not believe they had been been contacted by the Feds.
In both cases -- the Iraqi triumphal vote, the legacy media slide -- it couldn't happen to more deserving folks. The mills of God grind slowly...

Update (7am EDT 10/16/05): It turns out that I was being less sarcastic than I thought. According to commenter Brian, the headline in today's Times is: “Turnout Is Mixed as Iraqis Cast Votes on Constitution”

P.S. Welcome, Instapundit readers!


Brian said...

Close enough. The NY Times says:

"Turnout Is Mixed as Iraqis Cast Votes on Constitution"

Greg said...

Why won't we hear that the turnout exceeded normal U.S. presidential elections?

Wally Ballou said...

Reuters' lead today manages to snatch some consolation from the spectacle of a possible US foreign policy success:

"Washington thinks Iraqis voted Yes to their U.S.-brokered constitution but as poll workers counted and recounted piles of ballots across Iraq on Sunday the possibility of a Sunni minority veto lurked in the background."

(a fine example of "yes-but" journalism)

Wally Ballou said...

And here is Al-jazeera's lead (giving due credit to their pals at Reuters):

In his weekly radio address yesterday, the American President George W. Bush said that the United States ''will not run" from Iraq as it did from Vietnam; hailing Iraq’s controversial constitution, expected to further divide the Iraqi nation, and calling it a positive step towards “democracy”, Reuters reported.

Ziiiiiing!! said...

"Why won't we hear that the turnout exceeded normal U.S. presidential elections?"

Oh yeah? We've got districts in this country that pushed past 100% voter turnout. ;)

airforcewife said...

This is just a redux of that horrible picture I saw of a woman at a protest holding up her middle finger (which was purple).

I honestly can't wrap my mind around those who don't want freedom for others - I can't see it from their point of view.