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On Iraq, Political Dogfights and the Commercial Media's Inability to Get the Story Right

Joshua Holland and Raed Jarrar: About that title -- an AlterNet bonus track!
 
 
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Over on the front page, our choice of title, " Iraqi Government to UN: 'Don't Extend Mandate for Bush's Occupation'," is almost a form of protest against the reporting we see every day in the legacy media.

If we were writing for the New York Times , the Washington Post or any other "mainstream" outlet, the same story -- if it were reported at all -- would have a title like this:

"Iraqi Government Requests UN Extension for Coalition Mandate."

You'll never see a clearer example of the divergent realities that different media can present than these diametrically opposed descriptions of what's happening with the UN mandate (we would have preferred to offer a real title for comparison, but none of the traditional media have so far told the story).

Joshua Holland is an AlterNet staff writer. Raed Jarrar is Iraq consultant to the American Friends Service Committee . He blogs at Raed in the Middle .

 
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