April 06, 2004

Identical Headline Watch

"Iraq on the Brink of Anarchy" banners the Independent (no on-line pic yet available, but, trust me, the paper edition is a big banner that headlines Fisk's hyperbolically titled piece).

Iraq, "On", er, "the brink of anarchy" shouts the Guardian.

Meanwhile, Jerry Bremer is "deliberately pushing Shia's Iraqi south into all-out chaos" writes a commentator in the Guardian:

"Washington has given up on its plans to hand over power to an interim Iraqi government on June 30, and is creating the chaos it needs to declare the handover impossible. A continued occupation will be bad news for George Bush on the campaign trail, but not as bad as if the hand-over happens and the country erupts, an increasingly likely scenario given the widespread rejection of the legitimacy of the interim constitution and the US- appointed governing council."

Wow--talk about conspiracy-think!

Welcome to the heretofore quasi-respectable British lefty press.

More on the tabloidization of UK media here.

And see post immediately below that goes some ways towards showcasing how today's Guardian and Independent headlines are hyperbolic given the complexities of the Iraq situation.

You will see that I'm not Panglossian, not by a long shot--but between deluded and naive optimism and pronouncing that Iraq is on the brink of full-blown anarchy there is a lot of middle room.

So it's pretty clear the identical headlines are designed more to move papers for sale than to accurately convey the full complexity of the going-ons in Iraq.

But that's old news, isn't it?

Posted by Gregory at April 6, 2004 02:01 PM
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