Saturday, 9 August 2008

Same story, different emphasis.

I've posted on this before, how Reuters tends to get to the more global perspective and the meat of the story better than the NYTs folk.

Here's an example from today, on Sadr's announcement yesterday. Compare and contrast first paras and headlines. The first one comes from the NYT. The second one from Reuters.

Quite a difference.


Sadr to split Iraq militia into 2 groups
BAGHDAD: Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American Shiite cleric, said Friday that he would divide his Mahdi army militia in two: one elite unit of fighters and a group that would work on community and religious programs. The announcement was made by Sadrist preachers in their sermons at Friday prayers in cities across Iraq. The speakers urged Shiite followers of the radical cleric to volunteer for the new social wing named the Momahidoun, meaning "those who prepare the way."
Sadr to disarm if U.S. withdraws
BAGHDAD: Anti-American Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr would dissolve his Mehdi Army militia if the United States started withdrawing troops according to a set timetable, a spokesman said.
International Herald Tribune
New York Times

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