View Full Version : Powerful essay on News Coverage of Iraq

Jim H
09-16-2003, 10:16 AM
Please read it: John Burns writer for the NY Times (http://www.editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1979014)

[ 09-16-2003, 11:18 AM: Message edited by: Jim Hillman ]

09-16-2003, 11:18 AM
that's meaty excerpt. Anne Garrols (sp?) has a book about her time in Iraq,,not sure it it's out yet.

Do you have a comment about the excerpt? Makes one wonder about the significance of bombing the Ministry of Information when they are being notified of it.

Scott Rosen
09-16-2003, 11:32 AM
I have a conviction about closed societies, that they're actually much easier to report on than they seem, because the act of closure is itself revealing. Every lie tells you a truth. If you just leave your eyes and ears open, it's extremely revealing.

For some reason or another, Mr. Bush chose to make his principal case on weapons of mass destruction, which is still an open case. This war could have been justified any time on the basis of human rights, alone.
Great insights.

09-16-2003, 01:10 PM
Interesting but not surprising. As my ole pappy used to say, "Son," he'd say, "Son, you should believe only half of what you see and none of what you hear." I'm sure a variation of Burns' story can also be written about those who cover political campaigns and officials in office in this country. Be frank, open, honest, and a bit critical and watch sources dry up.

09-16-2003, 01:28 PM
You think they do any better reporting on DC?

Me neither.

09-16-2003, 01:49 PM
John Burns is one of my favorites,He tells it straight IMO. He is often interviewed on NPR. www.npr.org (http://www.npr.org) has a audio archive of past interviews