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Kaus
« on: March 18, 2007, 12:16:13 AM »
U.S. military deaths in Iraq have apparently declined by about 20% since the "surge" began. It would be a caricature of MSM behavior if the New York Times, instead of simply reporting this potentially good news, first constructed some bad news to swaddle it in, right? From today's Times:

The heightened American street presence may already have contributed to an increase in the percentage of American deaths that occur in Baghdad.

Over all, the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq from hostilities since Feb. 14, the start of the new Baghdad security plan, fell to 66, from 87 in the previous four weeks.

But with more soldiers in the capital on patrol and in the neighborhood garrisons, a higher proportion of the American deaths have occurred in Baghdad — 36 percent after Feb. 14 compared with 24 percent in the previous four weeks. Also over the past four weeks, a higher proportion of military deaths from roadside bombs have occurred in Baghdad — 45 percent compared with 39 percent. [E.A.]

Soldiers presumably get attacked where they are, not where they aren't. If we deploy more soldiers in Baghdad more soldiers will presumably be attacked, and killed, in Baghdad. I don't see why that in itself is bad news, or even news news, if the overall casualty level is declining. ... There will probably be genuine bad military news to report from Baghdad soon enough. Does the NYT have to make some up before then? [Yes, if Congress is voting on Iraq this week--ed Don't be a raving paranoid. It's like you're giving voice to some irresponsible blogger's dark id! Next you'll be saying that agenda-driven mid-level Times editors might have shaped those paragraphs.] ...


http://www.slate.com/id/2161611/&#nytsurge3

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Re: Kaus
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007, 12:31:37 AM »
Ahh, good ol' statistics.

Take a number that went down (87 -> 66) and make it look like an increase (24 -> 36, or 39 -> 45).

I can use similar statistics to "prove" that blacks commit more crimes than whites.
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Re: Kaus
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2007, 02:45:43 AM »
But there's no bias         ;)
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." -- Aristotle