Good News In The Real World Becomes Bad News in the New York Times

Jack Kelly has a great story at Jewish World Review about how good news in the real world becomes bad news in the New York Times. The basics of the story go something like this:

  • The Army has greatly improved the body armor soldiers are wearing over the past 15 years. It's lighter and tougher.
  • There are some types of ammunition that can penetrate it, but no evidence that the "insurgents" are using that ammunition.
  • "...though the specifications weren't set until early in January, new plates were being manufactured — and delivery begun to U.S. troops — in March. Those familiar with the Pentagon's procurement process recognize this as lightning speed. "
  • According to reporter Michael Moss in the New York Times on August 14:

    For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is struggling to replace body armor that is failing to protect American troops from the most lethal attacks of insurgents. The ceramic plates in vests worn by most personnel cannot withstand certain munitions the insurgents use. But more than a year after military officials initiated an effort to replace the armor with thicker, more resistant plates, tens of thousands of soldiers are still without the stronger protection because of a string of delays in the Pentagon's procurement system."

    As Captain Sherman Powell told Matt Lauer, "if I got my news from the newspapers also I'd be pretty depressed as well!" And the Times demonstrates, yet again, the wisdom of Captain Powell's position...