The mainstream media has outdone itself in its attempt to only publish bad news in Iraq. Now faced with the overwhelming evidence that the death toll in Iraq has in fact significantly dropped McClatchy spins this great news this way:
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.”
They must have looked long and hard in order to find such a negative spin on such great news about the Iraq war.
I love Rob Port’s post headline for this story: Peace breaks out in Iraq, grave diggers hit the hardest.
Update: On a similar note, Confederate Yankee points out this AP report that focuses on how so few troops in the Iraq war “frag” or kill their commanders compared to the troops in Vietnam. When you read the report, you can’t help but feel as if the reporter is disappointed with this trend.