This week on CounterSpin: two major reports measuring developments in Iraq have been released recently and elite media have made no secret of which they prefer. Not the independent, and largely critical, report from the General Accounting Office but the far sunnier report of General David Petraeus on the success of, well, his own efforts, has had the lion’s share of the press attention. Given that, how good have media been at making sense of that report? We’ll hear from Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of a new report on Iraq, and from Tom Engelhardt, founder and editor of the website TomDispatch.com which has been tracking the story.
— Iraq: The People’s Report, by Phyllis Bennis et al (Institute for Policy Studies, 9/11/07)
— ‘Progress’ by the Numbers, by Tom Engelhardt (TomDispatch.com, 9/9/07)