Millions Turn Out To Sip from a Glass Half.....?
Today is a historic day! What am I talking about? The million man march? No. The Iraqi election, of course!
I was poking around to see how news outlets are reporting it. Al Jazeera seems to be stuck on a glass half empty as all their headlines are about the bad. The top one says: "Iraqis begin Charter Vote amid violence" The other list of headlines read as follows:
• Power failure hits Baghdad, Basra
• Iraq seals borders ahead of vote
• Sunni party office attacked in Iraq
• Sunni parties divided over referendum
The NY Times looked fair to me. Here's the online headline on the LA Times: . A Disputed Constitution is Put Before a Divided Iraq. Accurate? Maybe, but certainly looking at the glass half empty. Must be their sagging subscription numbers affecting their sense of optimism.
Over at The Washington Post, the headline looks fair: "Iraqis Go to Polls to Vote on Constitution"; but then beneath it, the following quote: "Insurgent attacks lower voter turnout in some areas of the Sunni west." –John Ward Anderson. And to the right, this caption: "Iraqi Women Doubt Charter Will Improve Their Lives". On the online page of The Guardian, there's not even a mention.
Fox News' top headline: "Voting Amid Violence". Who says they aren't fair and balanced?
The news I hear is around 15 attacks with minor injuries during the voting, compared to over 300 during the election for an interim government.
This is just one more step in the right direction (The Iraqi election, that is....not the million man march).
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