Skip to comments.Covering Iraq:The Modern Way of War Correspondence
Posted on 10/25/2006 6:30:38 PM PDT by moneyrunner
Would you trust a Hurricane Katrina report datelined direct from Detroit? Or coverage of the World Trade Center attack from Chicago? Why then should we believe a Time Magazine investigation of the Haditha killings that was reported not from Haditha but from Baghdad? Or a Los Angeles Times article on a purported Fallujah-like attack on Ramadi reported by four journalists in Baghdad and one in Washington? Yet we do, essentially because we have no choice. A war in a country the size of California is essentially covered from a single city. Plug the name of Iraqi cities other than Baghdad into Google News and youll find that time and again the reporters are in Iraqs capital, nowhere near the scene. Capt. David Gramling, public affairs officer for the unit Im currently embedded with, puts it nicely: I think it would be pretty hard to report on Baghdad from out here. Welcome to the not-so-brave new world of Iraq war correspondence.
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