When they attack the reporters

Wonder whether the flavor of coverage from Iraq will change now that the insurgents/terrorists/murderers are attacking journalists.

  • Bob

    Wow….if the enemy of my enemy is my friend, does that now mean that terrorists are my friends? It couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of folks.

  • David

    Since the journalists have been reporting that things have been going to hell in IRAQ for months I’m sure now they’ll report that things are just dandy :rolling eyes:

    Maybe now you’ll believe these journalists when they tell you that IRAQ is a mess instead of living in your Friedman Fantasy Land.

  • Ravo

    Let the soldiers report. There will be more integrity.

    Says one soldier: “The question I was most asked while I was home on leave in June was, “So…What’s REALLY going on over there?” Does that not tell you something?! Who has confidence in the media to tell the WHOLE STORY? It’s like they WANT this to turn into another Vietnam. I hate to break it to them, but it’s not.”

    http://278medic.blogspot.com/2005/10/speaking-with-president-bush.html

    Re: where the soldier says it’s like they want it to turn into another Vietnam. At the point of 10,000 casualties, the Vietnam war was nearly over and won by US., but for, the article claims, certain actions of those such as journalist Cronkite and others……

    Re: How We Won The War by Vo Nguyen Giap

    http://www.9thinfantrydivision.com/html/actualenemy.htm

    “Today, there are 58,000 names on the Vietnam Wall Memorial that was built with the donations made by the American public. Although Giap did not mention each and every protester’s name in his book, many of us will never forget the 58,000 names on the Wall. We will also never forget the names of those who helped in placing those additional 48,000 names there: Bill, Jane, Tom, Cronkite, and others. “

  • http://oodja.blogspot.com Jersey Exile

    Ravo,

    Too bad General Giap never said any such thing:

    http://hnn.us/roundup/comments/8232.html

    But thanks for playing!

  • http://wordvirus.blogspot.com Vincent

    Haven’t the terrorists been kind of going after journalists all along?

    Coverage won’t change. If the Bush Administration hadn’t started the war, the narrative will go, the journalists wouldn’t have been in harm’s way in the first place… And so the world turns.

  • http://ruthcalvo ruth

    If the garbage truck hadn’t been prevented from getting into the hotel’s area, a lot of journalists wouldn’t be reporting on it today. Full credit to the heads-up security forces outside the hotel.

    And Daniel Pearl was a journalist.

  • Jimmy

    I’m wonderng what you mean by the “flavor” changing. Do you think that those were are “anti-Iraq war” will suddenly turn “pro-Iraq war” because some of their friends were killed? That’s a very cruel and cycnical view, Mr. Jarvis. I, for one, am fine with the coverage of the war. I’d rather they be honest about how screwed things are than produce puff pieces on the “good” things we’re doing in Iraq. Granted, they do focus on the “bloody bits” as you like to say, but the bloody bits deserve attention. Nearly 2000 service men and women have died in Iraq, this is not some party. Focusing on a few schools we’ve painted does a disservice to the dead. Moreover, I’m saddened that one commenter on this post would find pleasure in the death of a fellow human being. No matter your political view on this war, finding joy in the death of innocents is not something to be proud of.

  • Angelos

    “No matter your political view on this war, finding joy in the death of innocents is not something to be proud of.”

    Actually, that’s the Republican way.

    They’re on a mission from God, and a few measly deaths aren’t going to stop them.

    Ravo, could you be more delusional? “Let the soldiers report. There will be more integrity.”

    You’re kidding, right?

    Maybe you’ve missed all the stories about negative milblogs being shut down, leaving only the puff pieces? Of course you did. You wouldn’t be interested in the whole story, just the stuff that gets through your rose-colored polarized glasses.

    But here’s just one: http://goetzit.blogspot.com/

    FREEEEEEEDOM!

    American don’t have and fucking freedom under this regime, but we’re trying to export it to Iraq?

    Hehehe.

  • Jorge

    Who is the original source for this ‘ news’ ?

    If this report were true how would we know ?

    New York Times…..Judy Miller…..Art Sulzberger…..

    Send in the Bloggers!!!!!!

  • Glyn

    Now ??? “that the insurgents/terrorists/murderers are attacking journalists”? But they’ve always done this, and dozens have already been killed. I salute them for their courage, because if it wasn’t for them we would be getting our “news” from the PR machines of the Pentagon and al-Jazeera.

    Can anyone more technologically adept than me find a figure for the death toll of journalists covering the war?

  • Glyn

    Oh, thanks to Vincent for the link in his message above:

    “INSI counts 88 journalists and support staff dead since the beginning of the Iraq war. The majority of those who have died, including those murdered in captivity, were Iraqis.”

    That’s about equal to the number of British soldiers killed there,

  • Ravo

    “Actually, that’s the Republican way”.

    Aren’t Muslims most noted for that one Angelos?

  • Rob

    What David, Jimmy and Glyn said.

    Jeff’s been drinking the Kool Aid for waaaay to long now.

  • http://wordvirus.blogspot.com Vincent

    Focusing on a few schools we’ve painted does a disservice to the dead.

    As does downplaying and ignoring real and solid progress in the country — such as, say, the recent constitutional referendum — and instead pretending that all that’s been accomplished is painting a few schools.

  • kat

    Angelos must be speaking as an ‘American’ jihadi because it is them and the Left who celebrate the deaths of innocents with a ‘Screw them’ and have been waiting breathlessly to celebrate the 2000th death. Angelos wouldn’t be interested in the true story, just the stuff that gets through his jihadi night vision glasses. He prefers to believe jihadists as opposed to American servicemen.

  • http://ruthcalvo ruth

    Ewww.

  • http://none Thomas

    I’m so tired of all the bleeding hearts crying get us out of there, as if the threat would go away if we did. The bottom line is do we want to fight terrorism over there or on our own streets? Yes it could happen, it did in New York. The radical elements of Islam (I am not speaking of all of the peace loving adherents of Islam) believe they have a mandate from their god to destroy any and all who do not share their beliefs. The freedom of religious thinking is one of the founding ideals of this country. To be sure I do not like to see and hear of fellow Americans (and coalition forces) loosing their lives but I also do not like the idea of my daughter being blown up by a car bomb that went off at the place where she was shopping here on our streets. But, if we just talk to them, you know open meaningful dialogue with them. They are talking to us but with bombs and bullets. Whether we want to be or not, we are in a war with those who want to destroy us and our way of life or enslave us under their ideology against our will. Sounds a little like all of the despots that came before them. Nuff said (I think)

  • Joe

    I mostly agree with the immediately prior post. The rest of these posts are purely political and have nothing to do with the main issue. As for any Vietnam implications. also more guilty political posturing. Those and the offspring of those who killed millions of SE Asians because of their support for Jane Fonda , Ho Chi Minh etc. They sleep well at night because they’ve spent over thirty years deluding themselves and justifing their ignorant ways. This has nothing to do with Vietnam, and this time Americans will not stand by “silently” as you destroy another generation of Americans.