03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

White House Selectively Edits ABC Iraq Report: Deletes Criticisms Before Sending To Reporters

On ABC World News with Charles Gibson last night, ABC National Security Correspondent Jonathan Karl filed a report about the recent decline in American troop casualties in Iraq. In the report, Karl noted that "violence in Iraq is down," but added that "there has been almost no political progress on the national level":

In fact, there's been almost no political progress on the national level, and U.S. officials know military gains won't mean much if the Iraqi government doesn't get its act together, which is one reason the Pentagon doesn't even want to use the word "winning."

After the report aired, the White House sent the piece out in an official White House publication called "White House Iraq Update." But, as Karl writes today, the White House edited his report before sending it out, making it look "like an unqualified declaration of success in Iraq."

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