McClatchy Wins Dan Rather Award; Spun Surge Success as Bad Biz for Gravediggers

The winner of the MRC's 2008 Dan Rather Memorial Award for Stupidest Analysis went to the editors of McClatchy Newspapers for an October 16 headline that spun the good news of the surge's success in Iraq into a tale of woe for Iraqi gravediggers. See, with the success of the surge and the corresponding drop in violence and death, Iraqi cemetery workers were "feel[ing] the pinch" to quote the headline.

We blogged about this at the time at NewsBusters here. You can find the article still archived at McClatchy here.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters