Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Friday, April 07, 2006

The Good News

The corporate media aren't telling you the good news out of Iraq, which is that it is still possible to get accurate information about what's going on there even though they don't want to tell you about it.

That's not to say it's a secret -- AP, Reuters, AFP and independent journalists continue to do their best to provide a window into daily events in that most unhappy of countries, and Arab media in English are available over the Internet as well. But the TV news has stopped transmitting most of it, and for that matter so have many newspapers, at least the ones I read. The Boston Globe, in particular, has decided to stop reporting news from Iraq almost entirely, including the deaths of U.S. troops.

So, please read Dancewater's post today at Today in Iraq. It's painful, terrifying, discouraging -- definitely wouldn't be good for ratings to actually tell people all of this. Who wants to hear that? It's much more inspiring to listen to the president vowing to win total victory. We have to do that, after all, because we are good.

I'll have a post here on another subject later today.