Conflicting headlines on conflict

First the New York Times blasted the breaking news headline "American Forces Said to Bomb ISIS Targets in Iraq" (31,470 shares). Things got awkward, however, when the Pentagon's Press Secretary tweeted, "Press reports that US has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false. No such action taken," later also tweeting, "#Secdef proud of troops who conducted air drops of supplies to Iraqi's in need. US military will remain ready for airstrikes as authorized." Soon after, Politico's Dylan Byers notes, "BOOM :: NYT headline change :: 'Militants in Iraq Hit by Strikes, Kurds Say'," adding, "NO update, NO editor's note, NO correction on NYTimes headline change… but hey, what'd you expect…" The headline later morphed once more, this time into "Obama Allows Limited Airstrikes on ISIS." Huffington Post's Sam Stein wonders, "Am i the only one who finds the use of 'allows' in the headline here a bit weird."

Meanwhile, NYT's Peter Baker tells us of President Obama's reticent return to Iraq: "For Obama, a reluctant return to action in the graveyard of American ambition," Baker tweets. "I believe @peterbakernyt has coined a new phrase when it comes to Iraq - a 'graveyard of American ambition,'" Washington Post's Adam Goldman gave his nod of approval. MSNBC's John Flowers took umbrage at that line, however: "I think Peter Baker needs to explain how Iraq was a 'graveyard of ambition' for Bush I and Clinton."

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