Cheat-Seeking Missles

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Rush To Bad News

AP reporter Sameer N. Yacoub must not have starred in Journalism 101, for if he had, he would neer have written a lead like this:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Shiite politicians suggested a formula Saturday for replacing their nominee for prime minister to break the deadlock over Iraq's new unity government, officials said. At least 12 Iraqis died in a car bombing near a Baghdad restaurant and other attacks.
He is so eager to get away from the good news and into the bad that he can't even waste time with a transition word, as in, "Meanwhile, at least 12 Iraqis died ...."