Time: Sadr won in Basra

Dave Price (he reads Time so you don’t have to) notices that Time’s reporting on Basra is radically different from everyone else’s. (Via Instapundit.) While most outlets recognize the recent fighting in Basra as a clear if blemished victory for Maliki and the Iraqi central government, Time is still painting it as a victory for Sadr.

Perhaps we can forgive “How Moqtada al-Sadr Won in Basra” since it was two weeks ago (although there was a time that journalists got their facts straight before going to press), but how about “Al-Sadr Tightens the Screws” from yesterday.

Is Time sitting on a scoop here? Given the lack of any substantial information in the story, it doesn’t seem likely. In fact, all they’re able to come with is: Sadr is issuing demands (from the safety of Iran), there are roadblocks around Sadr City (stop the presses!), and some NGO says that Sadr is getting a bunch of new recruits.

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