Who cares... we all know the slants of the media.
NY Times, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS... all slant left (differing degrees) vs. Fox and some radio talk slanting right.
You're right, it doesn't seem Fair and Balanced
Personally, I enjoy checking out cnn.com and then the same story on Foxnews.com. It's fun to see the different angles.
As to the specifics in the memo, all news agencies do this to some degree or another. Who do you think decides the headlines in the NY Times or the lead story by-line on ABC nightly news.... it sure as heck isn't the reporters.
And of course the terrorist in Iraq are happy with the outcome... the Democrats stated that they wanted to pull out US troops ASAP (starting in 4-6months).