And the mainstream media can, with equal frequency, produce optimistic reports on Iraq. This WaPo opinion piece by David Ignatius is worth reading. It suggests that the attempts to stir up civil war in Iraq have had the opposite effect: they stirred up the country’s lethargic politicians into realizing that if they don’t hang together, they may well hang apart.
Intelligent speculation of this type is, alas, amazingly rare. An interesting question is whether the informational black hole that is MSM has any effect, for good or evil, on the decisions and opinions of the average American citizen. But that’s a subject for another day. Let’s just watch the big beast dance.