The experts on how things are going in Iraq are not former State Department officials, former CIA officials who may never have set foot in the country.
The experts are not Senators who have taken junkets or the various other bloviators who populate the green rooms of cable news outlets.
They are the Iraqis themselves.
In a recent poll, more Iraqis, who live in Iraq, say Iraq is headed the right direction than Americans who merely watch TV reports about Iraq or read newspaper reports about Iraq.
Amid the drumbeat of so-called sectarian violence from the Legacy Media, one would think that Iraqis would be to throw in the towel or at least throwdown with each other at a moments notice.
But that is not the case.
Eighty-nine percent of Iraqis think a unity government is important.
Fifty-four percent approve of the unity government with only 25% disapproving. (That is higher than Americans who approve of the current make up of Congress and the Administration.)
Seventy-eight percent of Iraqis oppose partitioning the country along ethnic or religious lines.
The only group supporting partitioning are the Kurds.
And 70% of Iraqis do not know someone who moved because of religious conflict.
So, American watching the Legacy Media report on Iraq think the situation is much worse than the average Iraqi who actually lives in Iraq.
This is the effect of tens or thousands of gross ratings points showing only violence and pessimistic opinions.
But here is where we see the media effect come into play–even in Iraq.
Nationallly, 75% of Iraqis say the security situation in the country is poor.
But, when asked about the security of their own neighborhoods, 60% give the security in their town or neighborhood a passing grade.
This shows the power of the media to conflate a perception–even among those closest too it.
Oh, and 59% of Iraqis watch more than two hours of TV a day.