Were the Super Bowl ads really about Iraq?

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Is there a policy at The New York Times to append mention of the Iraq war to as many stories as possible? Readers of the paper must often suspect as much. The thought arose again in reading the paper’s morning-after coverage of the Super Bowl commercials, under the headline: “Super Bowl Ads of Cartoonish Violence, Perhaps Reflecting Toll of War.” While duly noting that none of the spots “directly addressed Iraq,” the article suggested that the war “seemed to linger just below the surface of many of this year’s commercials.”



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