TV and newspaper reporters were once again being accused of uncritically publishing administration comments about the progress of the war in Iraq. On its website Wednesday Editor and Publisher magazine noted that the media recently ran numerous reports quoting administration sources as saying that American deaths in Iraq declined noticeably during July and suggested that the lower casualty rate meant that the surge was working. In fact, the trade publication observed, U.S. fatalities in Iraq have declined in July ever since the war began, and the number of confirmed deaths, 78, made it the worst July ever, topping the previous high of 54 in 2004 and 2005.




02/08/2007