The Ministry of Truth visits Iraq

Newsweek reports on news management from Iraq. Reporters are no longer allowed to visit hospitals or the morgue to get accurate casualty figures. Atrios reports that Central Command is suppressing the casualty count by reporting “killed” only rather than the conventional “killed, wounded, missing.” Menawhile, the idea that the press is some sort of enemy plot has so permeated the right wing that no actual information can penetrate.

Update And, as Tom Spencer points out based on this Washington Post account, news management doesn’t stop at the water’s edge: photographs of flag-draped coffins are also taboo, per orders from Washington. Moreover, the President is doing his bit to keep the public’s eye off the casualty count:

A White House spokesman said Bush has not attended any memorials or funerals for soldiers killed in action during his presidency

Not one?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com