Why Can't the Media Cheer Up?

First Lady talks to Larry King about the war, and a dour media
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(Newser) – Her mission was to talk about women and heart disease. But Laura Bush couldn't help telling Larry King how she really felt about the media portrayal of her husband's war in Iraq. "Many parts of Iraq are stable now," the First Lady told King. "But, of course, what we see on television is the one bombing a day that discourages everybody."

Bloggers had a field day. "The First Lady doesn’t know what she’s talking about . . . there are 185 insurgent and militia attacks every day," one noted. Another  pointed out that on the day of the her appearance, separate bombings—including one targeting Iraq's vice president—killed at least twenty people. And Democrats take note: Laura also said that she understood that the war is "wearying" for the American public, but added that it will "probably" last into the next administration."