Skip to comments.Biased Reporting in Iraq ?
Posted on 10/26/2005 9:37:03 AM PDT by genefromjersey
Biased Reporting in Iraq ?
I recently posted a link to Michael Yons Online Magazine specifically, to an article he wrote, entitled Purple Fingers.
(Here is a brief excerpt)
The soldiers do a pre-mission briefing before leaving the gates, and CSM Mellinger warned that the Green Zone is extremely dangerous, and not secure. Its just a place on the map, he said. And then, apparently to make me feel more at home, he warned that journalists are specifically targeted. We started down Route Irish to the Combat Support Hospital (CSH) in the Green Zone.
Down at the CSH, Mellinger asked an Iraqi nurse what she thought of the referendum on Saturday. She seemed uncertain. Every time Ive gone into a CSH, the people seem to be under stress, as if the carnage they see wears on them. Up in Mosul, one soldier told me that he once saw a nurse walk outside and just burst into tears.
For those unfamiliar with his work, Mr. Yon is a truly independent journalist not affiliated or subservient to any of the networks, or to the so-called think tanks of the Right or Left. His work is totally financed by small contributions from people like you and me ; and, in case you are not aware of it, going to Iraq is a very expensive business !
He has travelled to Iraq twice , and has embedded himself with a line company of infantry. Embedded, in his case, means out in the field with the troops not sitting in comfortable real echelon surroundings.
When the troops he is with are shot at or bombed he is in the line of fire ; but must resist the impulse to pick up a fallen soldiers rifle ,and must continue to walk the fine line line between journalist and combatant.
I admire his work ; but, as you might imagine, there are some Americans who claim his reporting is biased because it is pro-American.
These critics much prefer the work of name journalists , who hunker down in the relative safety of a heavily fortified and defended hotel,and who rely on indigenous correspondents and photographers (translation: correspondents embedded with the enemy ; only-we-cant-call-them-the enemy-because-that-would-be-taking-sides.)
The work of these journalists can seldom be described as pro-American ; but it seems to fit the distorted, contorted worldview of the Neo-Left and their Copperhead companions.
Honest , no punches pulled reporting such as that of Michael Yon-endangers the flimsy structure of their beliefs , and must therefore be labelled biased.
I have the feeling we could use a lot more Michael Yon style bias in this troubled world !
Here is a link to Michael Yon's Online Magazine:
Michael Yon is America's Iraqi based Truth Detector. I'm disapointed every time I go to his site and don't see a new posting.
We could use a little more dry-eyed reporting I think.
He had military background. Does anybody know his history?
There is a bit of a bio on his website. I kind of get the idea that he's a bit of an adventure junkie who has found an incredible niche. The archived articles on his site are amazing. He openly admits that he will not publish anything that will put out guys in any sort of harm or compromise their mission. In one post, he describes picking up and firing weapons at the enemy to save the life of a wounded Colonel.