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October 31, 2007

Oct. 7: Washington Post Defends Decision To Report Plummeting Casualty Rates on Page 14 Because There's No Proof It's A Trend
Oct. 30: GAO Reports Decline In Violence Is In Fact A Trend; Washington Post Reports This On... Page 14

Remember?

The Washington Post was right not to play this up too much, Robin Wright lectured us, because there was no evidence it was a trend. They buried it on page 14, Kurtz notes.

The independent, Congressionally-controlled GAO now tells us it's a trend.

Attacks in Iraq Continue to Decline

Positive News in GAO's Report Is Tempered by Criticism of U.S. Strategy

Attacks by insurgents and other fighters in Iraq against U.S. troops, Iraqi forces and civilians dropped sharply in September to their lowest level since early 2006, continuing a decline in violence since June, according to a new Government Accountability Office report released yesterday.

...


The GAO report provides the first public monthly update on "enemy-initiated attacks" and shows that the overall number of attacks has declined from about 5,300 in June to about 3,000 in September. Much of the decline occurred in attacks on U.S. military and other coalition forces, the targets of most of the assaults. The reduction in attacks against Iraqi forces and civilians was smaller, it showed.

Note the weak-tea attack on a lack of "strategy" -- the Democrat-controlled GAO attempting to spin what it can. But what it can't spin are the numbers.

How much did that advance the story in the Washington Post?

All the way from A14... to A14.

I'm sure our boys are pleased as punch with the rapid progress they're making in the pages of the US media.

Our soldiers need to win the hearts and minds of the enemy? Which enemy? The media?


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