Monday, April 10, 2006

Creatively Negative Thinking

What's a reporter to do if the overall picture of the story he wants to write doesn't agree with his ideology?

From USA Today:
Army surpassing year's retention goal by 15%
WASHINGTON — Two of every three eligible soldiers continue to re-enlist, putting the Army, which has endured most of the fighting in Iraq, ahead of its annual goal.
The Army was 15% ahead of its re-enlistment goal of 34,668 for the first six months of fiscal year 2006, which ended March 31. More than 39,900 soldiers had re-enlisted, according to figures scheduled to be released today by the Army.
Time for a closer look. Remember, the Devil is in the details. There's bound to be something negative, good for a crisis headline.

From the New York Times:
Young Officers Leaving Army at a High Rate
WASHINGTON, April 9 — Young Army officers, including growing numbers of captains who leave as soon as their initial commitment is fulfilled, are bailing out of active-duty service at rates that have alarmed senior officers. Last year, more than a third of the West Point class of 2000 left active duty at the earliest possible moment, after completing their five-year obligation.