Saturday, March 22, 2008

Reporting on the War III

by expatbrian

Several key questions are posed in this excellent assessment of reporting the war in Iraq. The most profound of these is what would be the reaction of the people in the coalition countries, primarily the US, if they actually saw what was going on in Iraq instead of the heavily censored and sanitized version that the government allows?

According to this reporter, the war news seen on TV in the US is even more sanitized than in other western countries and the middle east. That's no surprise. He wonders further how people might react if they could see what is really happening in Iraq in their name.
Journalism, particularly television journalism, by its failure to show the real horror of war, has become a lethal weapon supporting governments that want to go to war.

This short video is an excellent bit of reporting in its own right.

cross posted from World Gone Mad

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That last line just sums up the press coverage doesn't it? The journalists on the ground don't get to see more than we do here. They're all just stenos for the Pentagon line.

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