Isn’t Journalism Supposed to Be Controversial?

More on the Iraqi death count from Greg Mitchell: “The AP report by Malcolm Ritter called the study ‘controversial’ right in its first sentence, then went on to cite Cordesman as the only critic. Ritter also noted that the invaluable Web site, Iraq Body Count, which has tried to keep a running tally, places the number of dead at 50,000. At least he admitted that base their count strictly on confirmed media reports. But, as I said at the top, media reports have been scattered, partly due to disinterest (in the beginning) and the dangers of investigating (later on).”

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