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Media Watch, 1
Friday, March 19, 2004
IT'S BAD NEWS DAY, EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY with Kerry O'Brien.
Here are three stories from last night's 7.30 Report, just as the program's minders wish us to see them, verbatim:
Hope shines in Iraq gloom
One year on from the US invasion of Iraq, the country is rushing toward self-rule without a plan for the transition and with insurgents bent on destroying infrastructure and people necessary for democracy. But, against the odds, Iraqis still hope for a better future.
Insurgents push Iraq toward civil war
As Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds try to overcome deep-rooted suspicion of each other in an attempt to reach political consensus and eventually democracy, insurgents are undermining security and pushing Iraq to the brink of civil war.
Bush feels pressure to bring troops home
Calls to pull American troops out of Iraq are growing louder but an early withdrawal or a badly managed handover of power could spell disaster for Iraq and US President George W Bush.
You can see why the Iraqis are going against the odds in hoping for a better future. The odds are that you'll never hear how life is better for the great majority of Iraqis.