Skip to comments.CBS CAMERAMAN DETAINED FOR INSURGENT TIES (Instapundit)
Posted on 04/09/2005 9:14:07 AM PDT by 68skylark
CBS CAMERAMAN DETAINED FOR INSURGENT TIES: The Mudville Gazette has a roundup, and Robin Burk has some observations:
All of the major news outlets need to be taking a deep and critical look at the way in which they have been using locals to report news in Iraq. Whether it be hiring the translators that used to be paid by Saddam (and still may be linked to the Baathists) or the freelancers that reported for CNN and other outlets from within Fallujah and elsewhere, if the networks are going to pay these people and take their reports at face value, then they are also morally and ethically aligned with them.
Many Americans see the press as not neutral, but actively opposed to U.S. war efforts. The press doesn't seem to appreciate the depth of the problem.
UPDATE: Reader C.J. Burch emails:
The story isn't that CBS is employing terrorists. The story is that no one is surprised CBS is employing terrorists. What's more, I suspect that most Americans, say about 52% of them, feel that most of the MSM outlets with any presence at all in Iraq are employing terrorists.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Roger Simon has some Pulitzer-related thoughts.
Even if this particular cameraman turns out to be innocent, I think a lot of us still feel the MSM is pretty much an auxiliary force for the terrorists and their information operations.
"This story has not received the coverage it deserves (no surprise)."
Wait until next week.
No kidding, you know that the MSM will bury it.
That blog has some related thoughts about cameramen who seem to work for terrorists, and the Pulitzer Prizes they win for their efforts.
most of us can still remember Saddam's CNN mouthpiece in Desert Storm...
What do you mean by that? Is the MSM going to become pro-American next week? If so, it's about d***ed time.
>>I think a lot of us still feel the MSM is pretty much an auxiliary force for the terrorists and their information operations.
4-5 of us, from my tennis team, were discussing this latest CBS case, this AM, while milling about before/after our matches. The disgust with the mainstream media was palpable. It wasn't just me, the lonely FReeper, it was everyone there.
It is only a story if the US does something wrong.
CBS cameraman? Not surprising given the likes of Dan Blather and CBS doing its best to cover for him.
What is new or different? The Alphabet Networks have been trying to destroy the US for the last 45 years!
"No kidding, you know that the MSM will bury it."
But, we won't let them. FReeper Power!
Right. It worked for the Rather-Gate and it will work now!
Ogletree pushed Wallace. Didn't Jennings have some higher duty to do something other than just roll film as soldiers from his own country were being shot? "No," Wallace said flatly and immediately. "You don't have a higher duty. No. No. You're a reporter!"
The media is not on our side.
This story of the Cameraman working with insurgents just backs up the point they are not neutral but working on a side and in this case against us.
It's possible that the AP caused or facilitated some murders that wouldn't have happened otherwise -- by agreeing to be there to take photographs. The dead were Iraqi election workers -- just trying to build a better country for themselves and their neighbors. For this, the AP won a Pulitzer.
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