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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Sunni opinion very important to the AP

In an item titled "Iraq Expected to Approve Constitution Draft" you'd generally expect to find a rational assessment of the likelihood the Iraqi constitution is passed by Iraq's National Assembly.

But no, instead we get several paragraphs of spin from one or two Sunni representatives involved in the final negotiations.

In paragraphs 1 through 3, the AP reporter repeats assertions from a Sunni that the National Assembly only exists to 'rubber stamp' the Constitution. If that is rubber stamping then it has suddenly developed a new meaning. In paragraph 4 the author claims there is a 'deepening crisis' because Sunni demands aren't being met.

Only if you bother reading to paragraph 9 do you discover an opinion other than Sunni (remember: they're only 20% of the population, and Sunnis were heavily over-represented in the previous Ba'athist government):
"The demands from the Sunni Arabs continued until a very late hour," Jawad al Maliki, a Shiite member of the drafting committee, told state-run Iraqiya TV on Sunday. "They demanded that we do nothing unless we accept all their demands. So we insisted on refusing that."
Now there's a rational negotiating position - agree with all our demands. Or.... ? Fortunately they don't have Saddam as their bully boy any longer.

UPDATE: For a more useful update on the Iraqi constitution goings on, visit Iraq The Model. Omar and Mohammed are both Sunni and they don't appear to share the AP's negativity and cynicism towards the process.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 8/28/2005 10:32:00 pm


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Radio Left Wing News and Ninth Floor Report are running the line this morning, quoting BBC reports, that the constitution has been totally rejected by the Sunnis and acordingly has 'no chance' of being accepted.

In passin, the same propoganda service this morning gave more air time to alledged interference by ACT in National Party affairs than it gave to National's rise in the TVNZ poll. Of course there ws no mention of the SST poll which put National miles in front of Labour.

8/29/2005 06:46:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I was going to do a series of posts on the BBC's ridiculously biased coverage of the Iraq constitution but in the end couldn't be bothered. Probably get linked by the biased-bbc.blogspot.com again though.

8/29/2005 01:19:00 pm  

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