Slow day in the MSM?
Apparently, Nike's decided to give ol' Kobe Bryant another chance after a two-year timeout. I'm no fan of basketball, but I followed this case closely from a marketing/sponsorship perspective -- I suspect it'll become a staple "case study" in advanced public relations courses.
And the other tidbit is an alleged, classified UK Defense Ministry blueprint drafted by the UK & US to dramatically reduce the number of troops in Iraq by April 2006. Of course, this document was leaked, so there's no spokesperson -- or credibility -- attached to the story.
Saturdays are traditionally slow for the MSM, and I can appreciate the timing of the Nike announcement (invite less "hoop-la" when America's focus is on baseball). But I look forward to seeing if/how the latter story plays out: The two largest members of the coalition should not re-deploy at the same time in Iraq.
And if it's merely a bureaucrat's ploy to pressure the Iraqis to assume more responsibility for themselves, it sure doesn't do much to strengthen diplomatic relations with (what could be) the showcase government in that region.