The news sounded ominous, with reporter Joshua Partlow openly questioning the success of the current surge strategy, stating as fact that June civilian deaths in Baghdad were much higher in comparison to January:
Nearly five months into a security strategy that involves thousands of additional U.S. and Iraqi troops patrolling Baghdad, the number of unidentified bodies found on the streets of the capital was 41 percent higher in June than in January, according to unofficial Health Ministry statistics.
During the month of June, 453 unidentified corpses, some bound, blindfolded, and bearing signs of torture, were found in Baghdad, according to morgue data provided by a Health Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
My goodness. Depressing news like this could be enough for a weak-kneed GOP Senator to flip the other way and declare that all is lost, not even waiting to see if the new plan will work or not. The problem, however, is that the statistics Mr. Partlow used are so unreliable that the article is tantamount to a lie.
I have long ago come to the conclusion that the Legacy Media in America are opposed to this war, and will say anything, tell any lie, and ignore the truth in order to make things look worse than they actually are at any time.
Take, for instance, the progress of Operation Arrowhead Ripper in Baquoba. What? You haven't heard of it? Read about it at Michael Yon Online Magazine.
Have you heard of the AP Story about 20 Decapitated Bodies? Did you know it was a lie? Confederate Yankee, among others, callled them on it.
So, when you read a newspaper, National or Local, you need to realize these people have an agenda, and that agenda is not reporting the truth. The same goes for the alphabet soup evening newscasts. Wizbang has some thoughts on that.
I, also, have an agenda, and I hope that I am very transparent about that agenda. That is to advance conservatism and report my observations on what other people are saying. I have more respect for the local progressive bloggers than I do the local 'neutral' press. They, like me, wear their colors on their sleeves.
I will leave you with an example of the Legacy Media ignoring a story, that of the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villagairosa, as told at Gateway Pundit.