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Journalists in Iraq

Ever since we started to have some success in Al Anbar, most journalists have been as hard to find around here as a cold beer.  I have a conspiracy theory about this, the details of which I will not burden you.  Suffice to say, I think that many of them have already decided that we lost in Iraq and they do not want to confuse themselves with the contrary facts. As a result, the American public perception of Iraq is frozen in 2006, when walking around as I did today in Haditha (see above) would have been deadly for all involved.  Most of the media doesn’t know sh*t about Iraq today, but that doesn’t stop their pontification. 


But we do have one journalist here with us who wants to see for himself.  His name is Tony Perry and he writes for the LA Times.  That is him pictured above (perhaps not looking his best), seems a good guy.  You can read his article here.   I know all those guys in the picture.   I wrote a whole blog note re my talk with Sheik Kurdi.  I think Mr. Perry has it mostly right.  Let’s hope he keeps it up and/or other members of the chattering classes pay better attention.

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John -

You are giving us a great gift with this window into Iraq. The hope in this post and the "Valley of Death" post are especially welcome.

Stay warm!


Yep, if I wasn't reading your blog, along with a few other on the scene acounts, I imagine I would be thinking the same thing.

The most interesting thing about this is that as the news from iraq has got better and better, the news coverage has decreased more and more.*

Of course, not every reporter is this bad. One my favorite reporters, Michael J. Totten, was embedded with the army in Ramadi in Spetember/October. He just got back from Fallujah this month. His articles hardly carry the "We have lost- admit it" character most seem to have these days.

See his article "What I See Everyday in Iraq" in the New York Daily Post: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2007/12/02/2007-12-02_what_i_see_every_day_in_iraq_locals_turn.html

Anyway, keep on blogging!


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