November 04, 2003
It's in the P-I (II)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today has a refreshingly sane editorial about Iraq

America must forge a way forward in Iraq.

The current strategies are not working well enough. That much is clear when Americans keep dying in a fight where major combat ended months ago.

The above line is in itself remarkable, as it is the first time (that I've noticed) that the P-I correctly relayed the President's words that "major combat operations" had ended. In earlier editorials, the P-I distorted these words to read, for example:
President Bush last week marked the 100th day since military operations ended in Iraq.
The rest of the editorial appropriately expresses frustration with the growing number of U.S. casualties and questions the administration's strategy, while also supporting the overall mission of rebuilding Iraq. It concludes
Americans aren't demanding an exit strategy. What they want now is for their troops to stop dying and the Iraqi reconstruction to proceed in an orderly fashion.
If the P-I continues to have a more enlightened debate on their editorial page, as this example suggests, the paper might be able to recapture some of its declining readership.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 04, 2003 11:55 AM

> What they want now is for their troops to stop dying and the Iraqi reconstruction to proceed in an orderly fashion.

Huh? Does the PI actually believe that that's a change, that we used to want dying or a disorderly reconstruction or both?

Posted by: Andy Freeman on November 4, 2003 04:29 PM

When are they going to apologize to Nethercutt for distorting his comments on Iraq?

Posted by: AWW on November 5, 2003 06:44 AM

Has a boycott of the PI been considered by supporters of serious journalism?

Posted by: tp on November 5, 2003 07:11 AM

Gosh, if Murdoch could get around to buying the PI, we'd never have to worry about it questioning Bush or the Republicans again. Wouldn't that be great? A free and independent press can be such a problem to a senate campaign.

Posted by: Post-UnIntelligencer on November 5, 2003 08:36 AM

If murdoch bought the Post-Intelligence, at least Seattle would be a two-newspaper town instead of a one-and-a-half newspaper town.

I think the only thing that keeps the PI going these days is that they're the Seattle paper with Dilbert, and the Seattle Times agreed to a joint operating agreement that basically means the PI gets to be a financial vampire.

Posted by: rosignol on November 5, 2003 10:17 AM

Who needs a boycott? As their circulation numbers show, we stopped buying it about two years ago, when the bias really started to show. Now I avoid even looking at it through the newstand window -- gives me the willies.

Posted by: johnm on November 5, 2003 03:19 PM
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