Liberal media desperation story of the week

The liberal McClatchy news site reports that business “isn’t good” for one cemetary in Iraq, as a result of the surge:

NAJAF, Iraq — At what’s believed to be the world’s largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isn’t good.

A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that’s cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.

Few people have a better sense of the death rate in Iraq .

“I always think of the increasing and decreasing of the dead,” said Sameer Shaaban, 23, one of more than 100 workers who specialize in ceremonially washing the corpses. “People want more and more money, and I am one of them, but most of the workers in this field don’t talk frankly, because they wish for more coffins, to earn more and more.”

Kinda like liberal news outlets, which look to stories of US troops being KIA and Iraqi civilians who’ve been caught in the crossfire as an opportunity to 1) somehow ‘prove’ the Iraq war was wrong, and 2) sensationalize the heck out of the stories in order to make more money.

Mary Katharine Ham writes:

Wow, now that’s some miss-the-point reporting. The press will call it “slice-of-life” or some such nonsense, but it’s reflective of the almost unrelenting bad attitude and occasional bad faith with which the media reports the war. They’re given a no-brainer positive story like “violence down,” and they’re not content to pad it with caveats or simply downplay it. Nooo, they have to find the obscure angle by which iraqi children of gravediggers will eat no more because of the evil American occupation.


Yep, but about par for the course for the anti-war MSM, unfortunately.

Hat tip: Bob Owens, who adds: “I’ll look forward for McClatchy’s future article on the bleak jobs outlook for IED emplacers.”

While you’re at Bob’s blog, make sure to read his post about the possibility of the surge’s drawdown beginning in December.

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