If you ever wanted to see the power of the news editor in deciding what is news and what isn't, and thereby shaping public opinion, take a look at these two examples of what has occurred in Iraq over the last to days:
Notices any differences? Both are newsworthy, but we rarely see example #2 in circulation. The main editors must be on summer vacation.
Any we wonder why the support for the war is in the tank? Actually, we all know why with displays like these represented by the NYT.