In today's snapshot, C.I. takes the Christian Science Monitor to task for ignoring the 5 dead US soldiers in Iraq. And after the snapshot went up? A call saying that they had just posted a story!!!!!
C.I. started the morning with this issue. Nine or ten hours later, professional journalists paid to do a job can't pull together an article?
Here's their article and it's got a lot of an inaccuracies. The Los Angeles Times does a much better job. And that's an update for them, they were reporting the story this morning. Ned Parker and Raheem Salman are the authors of the LAT piece, to give them credit.
It just baffles me though.
5 US soldiers die in Iraq today. Largest number in 2 years. And that number in May of 2009? The killer was a US soldier with some mental issues.
So if you're looking for the last attack that claimed that many lives and the attacker wasn't an American, you have to go back even further.
And yet it's no big deal to so much of the media.
It just really appalls me.
People would rather write about Sarah Palin or Anthony Weiner. Apparently covering Iraq, even for just a sentence or two, is just too damn much for them.
But a war is going on. And you can pretend it's not, and you can't pretend people aren't dying and you can pretend everything's wonderful.
But you're just lying to yourself.
5 American soldiers died today in a country they never should have been in.
A country Barack swore he'd pull them out of.
But, as C.I. points out in the snapshot today, since Barack was sworn in, 233 US soldiers have died in Iraq.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):