The “embed” story I want to see
: I’m dying for someone to put a microphone in front of the face of a soldier assigned to babysit an embedded reporter and ask the honest question: “Is it a pain to have to watch out for us?” I wonder whether the soldiers feel as if they have to drag along the old media old farts. I wonder whether they feel as if they can’t be themselves around company. I wonder whether they feel slowed down dragging these guys along. I wonder whether they find reporters interesting or full of themselves. I wonder whether they feel this compromises their safety. Mind you, I’m delighted the embeds are there; it’s a good thing. But I know of at least one case of a reporter making a boor of himself and I have to believe that these soldiers have strong opinions they’re keeping to themselves. Maybe it will have to wait until they can have beer again. But that’s the story I want someone to report.
by Jeff Jarvis