Skip to comments.Covering Iraq: The Modern Way of War Correspondence
Posted on 10/26/2006 5:39:18 PM PDT by lowbridge
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.
Vietnam was the first war to give us reporting in virtually real time. Iraq is the first to give us virtual reporting. That doesnt necessarily make it biased against the war; it does make it biased against the truth.
During my three embeds in Iraqs vicious Anbar Province, Ive been mortared and sniped at, and have dodged machine-gun fire all of which has given me a serious contempt for the rear-echelon reporters. When I appeared on the Al Franken Show in May, after my second embed, it was with former CNN Baghdad bureau chief Jane Arraf who complained about the dangers of being shot down by a missile while landing in Baghdad, and the dangers of the airport road to the International Zone (IZ) . . . and how awful the Baghdad hotels were.
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please delete this thread...I accidentally posted this before