I find it interesting how a group can dump into the news media its propoganda in the form of a scientific-sounding "study" or "paper", which the media then uncritically regurgitates to the public as fact. That happened yesterday on the front page of the Grand Rapids Press.
Under the headline "Report puts violent deaths in Iraq at 600,000", the Press recycled a short article from the Los Angeles Times that a "team of researchers" published an estimate that 601,027 Iraqis have died violent deaths since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Setting aside how the number 601,027 seems rather precise for an estimate, the article makes no mention of the methodology of these researchers. Nor does it state the estimates of this figure from other sources. Moreover, the article does not report the relationship of the researchers with anti-war organizations.
Finally, there is no attempt in the article to make this estimate comprehensible to the reader. For example, 601,027 violent deaths since March 2003 means 470 Iraqis have been killed EVERY single day. That is not a level of carnage that news media, even as lazy and sloppy as I think most in the business are, would have missed. Yet the Press passes along the figure as front-page news because some professor says it's so. This is not news and does not belong in the newspaper.