Spc. Phil Van Treuren thinks he has found a glaring omission from the NY Times after he compares copy with the AP.
I am generally loathe to assign motives to things like this, since there are so many things we do not know about behind the scenes. I don’t know the editing process, how many people this had to go through at the Times, whether or not they had to remove words to get it to fit right for the deadtree edition, etc. In other words, there may be a whole lot of reasons why it was cut.
On the other hand, it seems like these are the types of ‘facts’ that are always cut from these stories.
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Here is the Wapo’s version:
A suicide attacker steered a car packed with explosives toward U.S. soldiers giving away toys to children outside a hospital in central Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 31 people. Almost all of the victims were women and children, police said.
In all, 53 people were killed in bombings and gunfire across the country, including two American soldiers who died in a roadside bombing near Baghdad. The U.S. military also reported the deaths of four American troops on Wednesday.