By Patrick Appel
Chait is outraged by the press coverage of Maliki's remarks:

...the paucity of coverage of these remarks is inexplicable. The big newspapers have given this story a paragraph at most. Unbelievably, The Page gave this headline to Maliki's walkback: "Maliki Clarifies Seemingly Pro-Obama Remarks."

Seemingly? It was a direct endorsement of the idea. And, for that matter, Clarifies? There was no attempt to clarify, only to muddy the waters to minimize the embarassment to President Bush and his allies...The Page's credulousness about the walkback is an embarrassment.

Josh Marshall notes that editorials are usually banked before the weekend. Also, surprise, surprise, it appears that Maliki was leaned on by US officials to issue a clarification.

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