Mourning in Mosul

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
Dec. 22 2004 4:10 AM

Mourning in Mosul

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TP has also noticed that the papers seem to making few distinctions about what appears to have been policy—such as using dogs to scare prisoners—and what went beyond what even that, such as shocking detainees. (If the point, or contention, is that the policies themselves muddied the waters, then the papers should say that.)

Meanwhile, while everybody notes that the White House promised that there will be an investigation. But TP doesn't see the papers mention a related point: There has been no independent or overarching investigation of the abuses, and the administration has opposed the creation of one. (The Post reported that back in May ... on Page A14.)

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In a big Page One investigation, the LAT flags "dozens" instances in which doctors at the National Institute for Health earned big bucks moonlighting for drug companies while in their day jobs they were supposed to be evaluating the same corps' pills and products. Such double-timing goes on under-the-radar and against NIH guidelines.

The NYT teases word that the Department of Homeland Security, after hearing much complaining, has decided to reroute a few hundred million bucks in anti-terrorism grants to high-risk cities such as New York.

The Post and NYT front the forced resignation of mortgage backer Fannie Mae's top exec. Regulators yanked him after the SEC concluded that the company had violated accounting rules.

Citing "officials of several charities, some Republican members of Congress and some administration officials," the NYT says the White House, in a budget-cutting move, is cutting "up to $100 million" from international food programs meant to promote self-sufficiency. The Times relies on NGOs for the obviously fuzzy number.

Everybody mentions that D.C.'s city council approved a tweaked deal on a baseball stadium, meaning Washington will again experience Spring Fever.

Who's Our Daddy ... Everybody mentions in one spot or another that Slate has a new boss: the Washington Post Co., which also owns Newsweek. TP's ramblings will continue apace.

Correction, Dec. 22, 2004: This article originally said that the Washington Post waited until the 13th paragraph to mention that the latest prisoner abuse documents were taken from military investigators' files. In fact, the Post mentioned it in the second paragraph.

Eric Umansky, previously the "Today's Papers" columnist for Slate, is currently a Gordon Grey Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism.