Jun 17 2005

Salih Booker on Africa Aid, Mark Benjamin on Iraq Body Counts

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This week on CounterSpin: the Downing Street Memo wasn’t the only news to come out of Tony Blair’s visit to the White House. Debt relief and aid to Africa made headlines– but what was missing from the media coverage? We’ll ask Salih Booker of Africa Action.

Also this week: The Pentagon says they don’t do body counts, but it’s not true. An increasing number of news stories are quoting military officials who cite body counts of dead Iraqi insurgents. We’ll talk to journalist Mark Benjamin of Salon.com about what he says is a troubling practice born of the military’s desperation to show progress in the Iraq War.


Africa Action

Return of the body counts, by Mark Benjamin (Salon.com, 6/15/05)