National story blog 9/30 Latest round of Iraq controversy
Once again, CNN and the Associated Press are on the case. This time, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad isn't too happy on a Senate resolution that would divide Iraq into federal regions. Iraqi leaders say the move is a violation of the country's sovereignty.
After the first paragraph, CNN opts to build a little suspense by waiting to reveal supplementary information about the Senate's vote. Paragraphs two and three are used to quote a statement written by the embassy expressing their distaste. The embassy isn't alone on that position, as Senators Joe Biden and Sam Brownback, two presidential hopefuls, are interviewed to bring the story a little closer to home. Their runs for president may have also come into play as their names have more prominence than candidates who aren't seeking presidential candidacy.
The Associated Press takes the story in another direction. The Senate resolution is talked about in the second paragraph, but not revisited until the second half of the story. Instead, they provide the latest update on attacks against insurgents and Al-Qaeda militants. The end of the story gives an update on a U.S. Army sniper accused in the deaths of two unarmed Iraqi civilians.
The article is a squeeze play not often seen.