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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Why Don't We See News About Our Accomplishments In The War On Terror?

Below is a copy of the "Iraq" page of the Fort Worth Star Telegram but it could be any major newspaper in the U.S. Notice something? Almost all the headlines are negative, only a few are neutral, and none are positive. No mention of the schools opened, construction projects finished, continued build up of the Iraqi Army, and successful security operations. Why is that? There is positive news. Why is it not offered to us.

A publisher who relays only bad news is breaking the social contract between readers and publishers. The contract states: "The publishers will report all of the news and the readers will continue to believe it". The overall news media is breaking this contract by pretending that there is no good news and, predictably, the readers are peeling away. Due to talk radio, and the Internet, the positive news leaks out and the readers become aware of it and lose confidence in the newspapers. This same principle applies to TV media too. Eventually, this will result in the American People simply disbelieving anything the media puts out.

Iraq's highest-ranking Sunni Muslim Arab criticizes constitution
By Hannah Allam, Knight Ridder Newspapers
One of Iraq's two vice presidents criticized the country's proposed new constitution on Monday as a threat to national unity and said he's considering asking his supporters to reject it when it's presented to voters this fall.

* U.S. launches airstrikes near Syria border
* U.S. launches airstrikes near Syria border
* Heavy fighting erupts in western Iraq
* How Iraq's constitution vote will be done
* Journalists' group Iraq media death probe

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* Sunnis warn of split as Iraqi leaders accept draft of constitution
By Tom Lasseter, Hannah Allam and Mohammed Al Awsy, Knight Ridder Newspapers
The Iraqi parliament accepted a final draft of a new constitution Sunday as top leaders from the nation's Sunni Muslim minority warned that the document could tear the country apart along sectarian lines.
* Oil revenues, Islam among sticking points for Sunni minority
By Richard Chin, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Iraq's constitution works against the country's Sunni minority in many ways.
* Iraqi forces may need years of preparation
By Tom Lasseter, Knight Ridder Newspapers
American Sgt. LaDaunte Strickland, sweat pouring down his face, stared at the four Iraqi soldiers sitting in the shade of a truck. They were supposed to be helping Strickland and a group of U.S. Marines man a vehicle-control point.
* Fighting unseen enemy creates psychological pressure on troops
By Tom Lasseter, Knight Ridder Newspapers
The inability of U.S. forces to hold ground in Anbar province has put the Marines and soldiers there under intense physical and psychological pressure.
* Iraq misses another constitution deadline
By Richard Chin and Tom Lasseter, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Iraq's ruling coalition missed another deadline to complete a constitution Thursday, putting off until Sunday a national assembly meeting to consider the document.
* Iran covers all its bets in neighboring Iraq
By Warren P. Strobel, Knight Ridder Newspapers
When rival Shiite Muslim factions battled in Iraqi cities this week in a worrisome new turn for the country's stability, neighboring Iran had little to lose: It supports both factions.
* Insurgency concentrated in areas along Euphrates River
By Tom Lasseter, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Iraq's insurgency has concentrated much of its fight against U.S. and Iraqi forces in towns along the murky waters of the Euphrates River, beginning with Qaim on the Syrian border and running through towns such as Haditha, Haqlaniya, Hit, Ramadi and Fallujah.
* U.S., insurgents locked in stalemate
By Tom Lasseter, Knight Ridder Newspapers
American forces in Anbar province, the center of guerrilla resistance in Iraq, are trying to hold on to a handful of population centers and hit smaller towns in quick-strike operations.
* One day before crucial vote, fighting breaks out in Najaf
By Hannah Allam and Mohammed al Dulaimy, Knight Ridder Newspapers
BAGHDAD, Iraq - After months of silence, rebel Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr placed his militiamen on high alert Wednesday and asked his followers in the Iraqi government to suspend their work as Iraq descended into political chaos a day before a crucial vote on its proposed new constitution.
* Sunni opposition could derail Iraq's proposed constitution
By Tom Lasseter, Richard Chin and Mohammed al Dulaimy, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Top Sunni Muslim Arab leaders lashed out Tuesday against a draft constitution given to the Iraqi parliament the day before, threatening to mobilize voters against it in an October referendum.
* Key provisions of the draft constitution
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Excerpts from the Iraqi draft constitution: The republic of Iraq is an independent sovereign state. Its ruling system is republican, parliamentary, democratic and federal.

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