Via Instapundit is this comment —
The way the Japanese could tell they were losing WWII was that the great victories reported by their media were getting closer and closer to home. Our media problem is like a fun-house mirror version of this - the way we can tell we are winning is that our crushing defeats are happening less often and to different enemies.
I think it’s simpler than that. Don’t look at the content, just the volume. Old Media is just implementing the “no news is good news” cliche and anything you used to read about but don’t anymore almost always means the situation has improved for the USA.
It also reminded me of listening to some BBC broadcaster go on about increased violence in Iraq or Afghanistan (I wasn’t paying enough attention to notice). But I wondered, how is it that all the reports are always of increases? I can’t recall any “violence decreases” stories, which is a more specific case of the above rule. If you hear reports, violence is increasing. If violence decreases, there will be no reports.