Apparently the official Bush message of yesterday was, once again, everything is coming along fine in Iraq, but the news media refuse to give you the good news.
Paul Schemm is a former editor of the Cairo Times now based in Baghdad and writing for the Boston Globe. The Arabist has posted his illuminating account of how "the news" of Iraq is assembled from contradictory reports and contentious sources and shaped into the mix that forms our knowledge of events in Iraq. Yes, do think of sausages -- the details can be pretty ugly. Here is a snippet of a much longer piece.
I've quoted a lot here, probably more than I should of someone else's work, but this is just the beginning of Schemm's story. They kept trying to find out what really happened. ...The rest of it is just as illuminating and also quite moving. Go read it all.