Getting it wrong

Getting it wrong
: The good news is that New York Magazine pays attention to Iraqi blogs. The bad news is that they get it all wrong — and paint it as if all the Iraqi bloggers are rabidly anti-American. They quote Zeyad from a bad day of violence and wildly out of context for him. Ditto Iraq The Model. It seems they wanted to believe that the Iraqis online are all anti-us. What liberal media?

Well, this comes in the same issue in which a special travel section recommends going to Haiti.

Stick to New York, guys. Anything over the rivers is beyond your ken.

  • O’McSomething

    Jeff — Even the relatively optimistic Iraqi bloggers haven’t been optimistic at all lately about the US face of this war/occupation. They are telling it like it is. Sounds like you are looking for spin, not reality. But go ahead and find some real optimistic stuff and link to it if you can find it. It’s kinda like when you went to that conference the other day and then posted blog links as examples for people unfamiliar with blogs, but left out the progressive blogs and went heavy on the libertarians and conservative blogs. A person coming to your blog to find out what’s what in the blogosphere might come away with the idea that most political blogs and bloggers are right leaning, when that is far from the truth.

  • http://www.hfienberg.com/kesher/ Yehudit

    “A person coming to your blog to find out what’s what in the blogosphere might come away with the idea that most political blogs and bloggers are right leaning, when that is far from the truth.”
    A person going to ANY blog is going to come away with a partial understanding. You have to read several blogs for a more rounded impression. Having said that, I will note that most political blogs, including this one, link to articles which present different POVs, so eventually by following the links you get anywhere you want to go.
    It is not Jeff’s responsibility to provide a “balanced” intro to the blogosphere.

  • PJ

    Well, at least they’ll find the blogs and read them for themselves — and I think most of them are optimistic and have been reading them since they started.

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/MT TC-LeatherPenguin

    Jeff, anything beyond Manhattan (except maybe boho Williamsburg) may as well be Mars to that bunch.

  • Ebb Tide

    Insert here: famous New Yorker cartoon of the view of the world… the local NY neighborhood drawn to scale and then the further away things are, the more vague and non-descript they become.
    Jeff has a great blog roll, anyone coming here for the first time has a great opportunity to “read more about it”… anyone reading just one of Zeyad’s posts will not appreciate the full effect of having read it over the months and months he has been writing. But if you wanted to read his archived posts, you could.
    So I guess the publicity is good, even if it doesn’t paint a full, robust picture of events… each person who is writing a blog over there is giving a wonderful insight into a real life, not reporting from a journalist’s point of view, but a journal from a person’s point of view.
    That is not to say it is LESS of an account, I happen to think it is MORE compelling of an account, more complelling than something a journo pops off and then goes to sit by a pool somewhere listening to their ipod. Everyone gets a break from the war, but not Zeyad, not Omar, not those people. They were there before the war, during the war and (God willing) will be there after the war.

  • Buzz

    Maybe some people like the Iraqi blogs
    better from before the fall of Saddam.
    They were certainly a lot less provocative
    back then.

  • http://www.thecricketcage.com Syl

    “Maybe some people like the Iraqi blogs
    better from before the fall of Saddam.”
    Right. Sheesh. There was ONE Iraqi blog before the fall of Saddam. If it weren’t for our taking down the regime, these guys wouldn’t even have a voice.

  • http://www.thecricketcage.com Syl

    Or maybe I misunderstood Buzz. If so, sorry.