This AP piece appeared on the websites of both the Herald and the Globe today, and the way the story was framed shows, I think, how little respect the authors and/or editors have for the intelligence of the audience. By what idiotic logic is this good news, I wonder? Naturally, the commenters on Boston.com and elsewhere suggested that whoever is handling or enabling the US propaganda effort had not in fact erred in their assessment of the U.S. public’s perspicacity. Some partisan dupes used this “good news” to defend Obama’s “surgical” war, while the usual monsters and psychopaths, convinced that nobody in the Middle East is actually human, called for still more civilian deaths. Practically everybody was tricked by the way the AP’s editors presented the findings, as “fewer civilian casualties than was thought” by some unknown portion of an undefined sample.
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