It was a frequent Rumsfeldian complaint about the news coverage of Iraq--subscribed to last week by the First Lady on MSNBC--that its relentless emphasis on deaths in combat created a false impression. If non-combat stories were filed instead, Americans would have a more positive view, he implied.
Well, Rumsfeld got his wish. There was no Iraq combat coverage. Instead ABC's Terry McCarthy went to a peaceful enclave in Kurdistan and CBS' Randall Pinkston reported on the reconstruction efforts on the electricity supply.
Pinkston told us that electricity is worse than ever. Baghdad averages only three hours of power each day and two provinces have no electricity whatsoever. Of the nine major national power grid lines, seven do not work. The power system, based on oilfield generating plants "hundreds of miles away" from population centers, is ripe for sabotage, Pinkston explained.
McCarthy profiled a minority Christian community living in the mountains close to the Syria-Turkey border. The church had originally been based in Baghdad but was "caught up in a war where religion is a matter of life and death." The Christians plan to return once peace is restored.
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