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escribacat On February - 13 - 2010

Nato Troops in Afghanistan have begun a major assault against Taliban-held areas in Afghanistan. Here’s how this story is being presented Saturday night by various media outlets.

ABC News
Bombs Slow Big Afghanistan Advance

CNN
Coalition troops find ‘minimal interference’ in assault on Taliban

Drudge
NATO LAUNCHES LARGE AFGHANISTAN OFFENSIVE…

MSNBC
Marines’ taste of Afghan war

LATimes
Marines take key positions in Taliban stronghold of Marja

Associated Press/CBS News
Bombs, booby-traps slow US advance in Afghan town

BBC News
Nato hails major Afghan operation

Fox News
Afghan Push Hits Roadblocks

NY Times
Afghan Offensive Is New War Model

Huffington Post
‘Mowing The Grass’: Marine Slams Insurgents Clearing Strategy
(Note: The Huffpo headline links to the NY Times story above)

(Thanks to Pepe for the tip on this one.)

Categories: News & Politics

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  1. Chernynkaya says:

    E’cat, this headline is from Reuters:

    U.S. wants peaceful solution to Iran nuclear dispute Feb 14, 2010

    While not about Afghanistan, it struck me-- We’d never see that headline on HP. Never!

    (click on word ‘headline’)

  2. Chernynkaya says:

    I can write Huffy headlines too:

    Maddow Calls out GOP Congressman for Stimulus Funds that Obama Forced on Everybody

    Joe Biden Tears into Cheney; Obama Issues Apology to Cheney

    Hannah Kearney Wins USA’s First GOLD Despite Obama Tripping Her

    Valentine’s Day Ruined By Obama the Heartbreaker

    White House Releases Full Details Of Health Care Summit With GOP Leaders --In Disappearing Ink

    Record Snow in Northeast Due to Obama’s EPA

    NATO Strike Misses Target, Kills 12 Afghan Civilians while Michelle Obama Dines on Valentine’s Day

    Woman Charged With Stabbing Man Through The Eye With Obama’s Stiletto Heel

    China Warns US: Cancel Meeting With Dalai Lama; Obama Obeys

    See, it’s easy! Just add the name “Obama” to any negative news.

    • SueInCa says:

      Love the disappearing ink, classic. I can see Boner and Cantor just staring trying to figure it out, then they say, is that our budget? what happened to the pretty blue binder

    • boomer1949 says:

      Rachel Maddow knows her stuff — a trait lacking for anyone else in MSM. Her education puts the rest to shame:

      From http://www.Maddowfans.com

      A graduate of Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, California, Maddow later obtained a degree in public policy from Stanford University in 1994. She then received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1995 and used it to obtain a D.Phil. in political science from Lincoln College, Oxford University.

    • escribacat says:

      😆 I think you’re on to something here, Cher! Maybe we need a new category here at PPOV: Elite Socialist Media Headlines.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        You know what’d be cool, Boomer? An Obama negative news generator. We provide a list of negative verbs for a politician-- like hides, cowers, overturns, etc. Then a list of current events: Afghanistan, economy, jobs, Senate, etc. And then make up mix and match sentences that are always Obama-negative.

        • boomer1949 says:

          The MSM version of Seek-and-Find; see how many negative references to President Obama were written, posted, or spoken today. Many selections to choose from: Up, Down, Reverse, Left to Right, Right to Left or make up your own (which is what most of them do in the first place).

  3. nellie says:

    e’cat this is always one of my favorite posts on PPOV.

    This time, it’s particularly interesting, because it’s clear the different outlets don’t agree on what the story really is.

    Is it that NATO is pushing forward? Is it that there are land mines in the area? Is it that the strategy is being deterred? What’s the lede?

    This is a fascinating Rashomon. Thank you. I feel like I need to look into this story more deeply.

    • escribacat says:

      Thanks, Nellie. It really does seem like there are four or five different stories in this one. One pattern I’m starting to notice is how AP dominates the dissemination of information in this country.

      • nellie says:

        AP does dominate — it always has. It’s our major wire service. Reuters and McClatchy are the other main ones, but AP has always been the major source of headlines for smaller papers and news services in the country — ones that can’t afford staff.

        So it’s a concern when AP starts printing biased stories — that affects news across the country. A lot of people were really upset to learn that a Karl Rove protege had been hired as the AP Washington Bureau Chief — and for a while the stores really showed it. I’m wondering if he’s been fired. The service seems to have regained its objectivity lately.

        Another thing about this Afghanistan story is that it’s changing by the minute. I can’t even find links for some of the headlines — they’ve already been updated.

        Thanks for posting this — I haven’t been looking at the news today, and this is a really important story that I would have missed.

        • escribacat says:

          I think I should start including McClatchy and Reuters. I looked at UPI but they didn’t seem to be covering the serious stories…couldn’t find anything about Afghanistan.

          • nellie says:

            To me UPI is very uneven. Sometimes they’re ahead of the pack, sometimes they miss a big story — like this one. And sometimes they just seem to have an ax to grind.

  4. BigDogMom says:

    Does Huffpoop write anything anymore or is just a link provider? Would love to know if the ones in charge of the headlines over there ever read the actual story and if they ever worked for a tabloid paper.


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