Thursday, March 1, 2007

One Bombing a Day

Laura Bush remarked that "many parts of Iraq are stable now. But, of course, what we see on television is the one bombing a day that discourages everybody."

Of course the President and numerous other administration officials have long complained that the media fail to cover all the good news from Iraq and just focus relentlessly on the bad news. Is this a valid complaint?

I'm sure Iraq today is a highly complex blend of events, with good news and bad news every day. But let's face it. If there were just one bombing once in our own nation's capital -- say, if someone blew up a car bomb at a market and killed 30 or 40 people -- it would be the only news, and not just for that day, but for days thereafter. Now imagine such a bombing occurring once every day in Washington, DC or in New York or Los Angeles. What would be on the news?

Security issues tend to overwhelm other issues. It's hard to enjoy the good news when you fear being blown up.

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