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December 05, 2006

"Not winning" - in four flavors

A Wall Street Journal headline says THE U.S. IS LOSING the war in Iraq.  This is according to an Associated Press account of today's confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates.  But when we get past the headline and into the article we find what he really said was, the U.S. is not winning.

Asked point-blank by Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) whether the U.S. is winning in Iraq, Mr. Gates replied, "No, sir."

On the other hand, the Washington Post is apparently able to understand the distinction between losing and not winning, because the Post headline reads, Gates Says U.S. Not Winning War in Iraq.

On to the New York Times website, where the headline said At Hearing, Gates Says U.S. Not Winning War in Iraq, but the story admitted that he also said the U.S. was not losing it either.  Something that neither the AP nor the Post could bring themselves to do.

“We are not winning the war in Iraq, is that correct?” Mr. McCain asked.

“That is my view, yes, senator,” Mr. Gates replied, adding shortly afterward that the United States is not losing the war either.

On the Fox News website the front page headline said, Gates: U.S. Not Winning in Iraq, So All Options Open, but the inside headline said, Gates: U.S. Not Winning in Iraq, Not Losing Either

This is an example of why Fox News is considered a right wing rag.  Right there in the Fox News headline we learn that Gates said the U.S. is not losing in Iraq.  At least the New York Times tried to bury it in the story while the words "not losing" are nowhere to be found in the AP and the Washington Post stories.

Posted by Tom Bowler at 12:42 PM | Permalink


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