Sunday, March 25, 2007

NYT: "47 Are Killed in Iraq Bombings, 20 in Baghdad" (Kirk Semple)

The New York Times offers only one Iraq story in their news section. It's by Kirk Semple and it's entitled "47 Are Killed in Iraq Bombings, 20 in Baghdad:"

A suicide bomber driving a truck carrying explosives hidden under construction materials on Saturday was waved through a chekpoint at a heavily fortified police compound in southern Baghdad, where he detonated his payload, killing at least 20 people, an Interior Ministry official said.
The attack was the deadliest of a wave of suicide bombings around Iraq on Saturday that killed at least 47 people, many of them policemen, the authorities said.

Question: What figure is he going with for Hilla? It appears to be one less than even what the police gave out. (They gave out the lowest number.)

It's a basic, meat and potatoes report and that's not a complaint. It's not dull, it's written in a straight foward manner with none of the 'flourishes' that continue to pop up in the paper as supposed hard news writer strive for feature writing. You can read it without guilt or feeling insulted.

The Third Estate Sunday Review's new content:

Illustration credits for last week
Uh . . . what just happened to independent media?
Parody: Mud Flap Gals
Brave voices
I, Jenna: The Shop Around that failed
Sad Sirota
The Stateside Army Book Club
How we got to this point
TV: "She's been dead for 10 years!"
Honey, I bought the war!
A Note to Our Readers
Truest statement of the week

Dona and Jim, as I started this (and as I'm typing this sentence, I space down while new content was being posted) are editing a lengthy essay and as best as everyone can recall that's the thing that's put us behind this week. For a change, Flickr was no problem. Everything else moved fairly quickly. (Dona asked if Ava and I could write short on our TV thing because there's a ton of long pieces this edition. We happily agreed because there's only so much you can say about blah. At Jim's request, we added one paragraph to it.) And I just wrote too soon. We forgot something that we have to do. "Illustration credits for last week" is what was added. Betty's son should have received credit last week and didn't. That was our mistake, our oversight. We knew he was planning to show it to his friends and we forgot to credit. We almost did this week as well -- the risk of running way behind schedule. ("What schedule?" Jess just laughed, reading over my shoulder.) Our apologies and as soon as we're done with the "note," I'll try to make the illustration larger.

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