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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Getting Real About Iraq 2

Just as I sat down to post the following quote from Defense Tech, CNN International is interviewing two reporters on this very issue of journalist safety. David Axe writes the following about how this chaotic security situation affects getting a correct picture of what is happening in Iraq, postive or negative. ...

David writes:

Whether there is much progress in Arab Iraq is certainly debatable, but it's apparent that the increasing inability of media to cover ANYTHING, much less coalition successes, is hurting the war effort. Iraq is a big, complicated problem, and as media flee or hunker down deeper in their hotel fortresses, the Western world's understanding of Iraq can only suffer.

There is a workable solution, and it's called embedding. No one protects journos as well as the U.S. and British militaries, but many media refuse to embed because they fear losing their objectivity. This is a valid fear, one even U.S. officers acknowledge, but what's better: slightly biased coverage? Or no coverage at all?
Amen brother, and good luck on your assignment "over there."

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