Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Iraqi Gets Constitution Before MSM Gets Grim Milestone

The Iraqis have agreed their constitution, and AP is mad.

Iraq's landmark constitution was adopted by a majority in a fair vote during the country's Oct. 15 referendum, as Sunni Arab opponents failed to muster enough support to defeat it, election officials said Tuesday. A prominent Sunni politician called the balloting "a farce."

I wonder if the "prominent Sunni politician" is named al Gore? Anyway, next paragraph, AP goes for the meat:

The U.S. military also announced the deaths of two Marines in fighting with insurgents last week in Baghdad, bringing the number of American service members killed in the war to 1,999.

That Marine unit must have really irritated AP - if 3 rather than 2 had gotten themselves killed, it could have headlined "Grim Milestone, Farcical Iraqi Constitution Passed". Still it puts a brave face on things:

However, some fear the victory, which came despite a large turnout by Sunni Arabs in an effort to defeat it, could enrage many members of the minority and fuel their support for the insurgency.

Now they're below the funny ad break in Fox News pages that 99% of their readers don't read past, so they slip in:

The vote on the constitution was 78.59 percent in favor of ratification and 21.41 percent against, the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said.

Carina Perelli, the U.N. elections chief, praised a "very good job" with the audit of results by election officials and said "Iraq should be proud of the commission."

We all know that a UN Election Observer is not a rock of objectivity, but AP thinks they're Pillars of Truth, so this must have really hurt.

A comment a while back asked me why I regard the MSM as enemies of freedom. This is why.