Wednesday, October 31, 2007

'U.S. Toll in Iraq'

Thus runs a headline in the San Francisco Chronicle, and here is the story that ran beneath it:

As of Tuesday, at least 3,836 members of the U.S. military had died in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The latest deaths reported by the military:

Camacho, Anamarie S., 20, Navy Seaman, Panama City, Fla.

Gresham, Genesia M., 19, Navy Seaman, Lithonia, Ga.

For a list of all U.S. troops who have died in Iraq, see

Okay, let’s see the database, which is titled even more poignantly, ‘Portraits of Sacrifice: U.S. Casualties in Iraq’. But the text reveals that both women ‘Died Oct. 22 in Bahrain during a non-combat related incident.’ The Chronicle gives no more detail than that, but the Saipan Tribune—Camacho is a Pacific Islander, apparently—reports that both women were shot to death by a third sailor, who then shot himself. The apparent shooter was a guy, Clarence Jackson, 'still clinging to life' in another news story.

In short: the deaths were homicides, and they took place several hundred miles from Iraq. Will the murderer, if he dies, also be listed as a casualty of the Iraq war?


At 3:07 PM, Blogger said...

Once more, the need to look beyond the headlines. This is why certain media outlets are always suspect and also reflects how little work is done to verify facts and background. It is convenient and makes a good headline.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger said...

Good job, Dan.


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