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It's a Love Fest, but Literally, Don't Let Bad News Get in the Way!

Reported by Melanie - June 28, 2004 -

It's 11:16 p.m. ET on June 28, 2004, the day "sovereignty" was transferred to Iraq "two days early!" Approximately five hours ago, Al Jazeera reported that Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, a US soldier captured in Iraq in April (but forgotten by the press), has been murdered. Since then, the BBC.com, Haaretz, and London's The Guardian report the same. No US television news outlet that I'm flipping to is, or has, carried this news yet.

At 8:30 p.m ET, (more than three hours ago), I saw breaking news about this on tonights BBC "World News" broadcast.

COMMENT: I understand the need to confirm information, but the US press has been pretty sloppy about "confirming" information for several years now. It reported "spin" from the Bush administration as fact, for instance, way back before we invaded Iraq.

An obvious love fest for the Bush administration is happening tonight on cable (and network) news. I wonder if they're holding off on reporting this demoralizing news until later, after prime time, so it won't dampen the spin on the misinformation about the alleged handover of "sovereignty?