Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Consider the following two statements, regarding elected Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's statement that, in his opinion, the U.S. will be able to withdraw 50,000 troops from Iraq this year:
But Talabani had earlier told CNN in Washington: "It's our duty to sacrifice for our people and for our country," in words that may ease pressure on President George W. Bush, who faces increasing calls to withdraw U.S. troops.
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But Talabani had earlier told CNN in Washington: "It's our duty to sacrifice for our people and for our country," in words designed to ease pressure on President George W. Bush, who faces increasing calls to withdraw U.S. troops.
OK, now of the two, which one states a fact, and which attempts to read Talabani's mind and attribute intention to him? Which is accurate reporting, and which is editorializing? And which paints a less flattering picture of what's happening?

Now, guess which one actually appeared in a Reuters piece.

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