Reading and especially watching TV coverage of two stories today stuck me how mainstream media is stuck in two eeyore narratives:
On the Iraqi constitution, a week’s delay is seen as a defeat. But, of course, we should compare that with our own heritage: 16 months to negotiate articles of confederation that were a disaster; 13 years from the Declaration of Independence before we ended up with a constitution and a government. And we had an advantage: We weren’t murdering each other.
On the Gaza pullout, the narrative is about the fight from the settlers. But the bigger story is the process for peace: Israel took a step forward and so now, what about you, Palestinians?