Wednesday, December 06, 2006

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

Why isn't the media reporting more good news from Iraq?

That was the question an Iraq War veteran from Alabama posed this morning to U.S. News & World Report reporter Kevin Whitelaw, who appeared this morning on C-Span's Washington Journal.

Whitelaw said that the U.S. government has in the past tried to push some "good news" stories on U.S. reporters based in Baghdad, recognizing that the reporters were often unable to travel outside the city because of safety concerns. Reporters were interested -- looking for something to write about besides bloodshed -- and began covering events like the re-opening of schools or the rehabilitation of a piece of Iraqi infrastructure.

But, Whitelaw said, Iraqi insurgents recognized what was being highlighted as a U.S. accomplishment, and would "blow it up within a couple of weeks." Soon, the U.S. decided it was not in anyone's best interest to promote such "good news" stories.

The moral of the story is clear: the U.S. is currently unable to stop the insurgency.

7 Comments:

Blogger thewaronterrible said...

So Trinity, add JABBS' post above to the findings of the Iraq Survey Group released today: "The situation (in Iraq) is grave and deteriorating...The ability of the U.S. to influence events within Iraq is diminishing."

What was that you were saying below about the liberal-bias-in-the-media-purposefully-censoring-the-good-news-in-Iraq?
Are Whitelaw and the BIPARTISAN study group suppressing "the good news" too?

3:39 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Trinity, I forgot to incorporate this from the Iraq Survey Group according to a Washington Post report today:

"In a slap at the Pentagon, the commission said there is significant underreporting of the actual level of violence in the country. It also faulted the U.S. intelligence effort, saying the government "still does not understand very well either the insurgency in Iraq or the role of the militias."
So Trinity, how could the media be guilty of "over-playing" the bad news in Iraq like you say when the Pentagon itself has been cited for underreporting the violence?
Oh yeah, are you going to argue now that the study group is anti-Bush, anti-Iraq, blah, blah, blah.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

Excuses, excuses, excuses. Conservatives say there's a liberal media that comes up with storylines and then stick to them regardless of the reality on the ground. What Whitelaw says will do little to convince conservatives otherwise.

Wake up liberals and smell the reality. The only way for reporters to get around is to be embedded with the military. Your average Iraqi won't talk with embedded reporters, though, because they fear reprisals. So reporters stay in the Green Zone and write about bombs going off ... and not much else. And that's why they get called "anti-Bush."

The "good news" is that by staying in the green zone, reporters stay alive. Bam! (no pun intended)

But c'mon liberal America, is this really "covering" Iraq -- the Iraq outside the Iraq War? Conservatives say no. I don't know what liberals say. I wonder if Ernie Pyle, Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite are spinning in their graves at the current coverage.

Liberals should recognize, though, that whenever a reporter like Whitelaw makes excuses, conservatives are going to jump all over it, and the debate quickly goes from "is the media liberal and anti-Bush?" to "how liberal and anti-Bush is the media?" Liberals may say that it's a no-win situation, but that's the perception being pushed on the American people. Pow!

4:07 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Conservatives like Toffee, if I'm reading that barely comprehensible dribble above correctly, will forever and a day refuse to accept the reality of the U.S. situation Iraq, even when it hits them square in the face.
These conservatives will continue to manufacture vague viewpoints like Toffee's that really have no other purpose than to obfuscate the failures of the neoncon Bush Administration.
These conservatives can therefore share in the blame for Bush failing to make any progress in Iraq over the last several years, or as the Iraq study group put it today, for HAVING ACTUALLY caused the situation to "deteriorate" and grow worse.
Who was right about Iraq in 2004? Kerry was, not Bush! Why didn't Kerry win in 2004? Because of conservatives like Toffee who had inexplicably cheered on the Bush policy in Iraq that even then had been showing obvious signs of failure.
Toffee you and your ilk have on your hands the blood stains of thousands of U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi, citizens as well as of those additional corpses piling up each day. They get no help from you.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

The only way for reporters to get around is to be embedded with the military.

You idiot. If that's the only way to get around, what does that say about the safety of the country? Things must be great if military convoy is the only method of transportation...dumbass.

I've talked to reporters who were there. And they've got their own convoys -- one car they travel in, and one car behind them (or in front) with armed men who act as lookouts when they drive to/from places where they're meeting sources, which they have to vary, b/c if they are seen going to the same place over and over, they'll be ambushed. The cars are armored, as well. They can't do interviews at the houses they occupy anymore and even hotels aren't always a good idea either. Westerners who go outside are sure to be kidnapped or shot, so they're accompanied by armed guards at all times.

Yes, things are going great. Dope.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

MRTOFFEE- One way to solve the media bias is to have people like you, Trinity, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingram, Sean Hannity, Russ Liebaugh, Matt Drudge, Mark levin, Bill Orally and about 100 others like all of you to fly to Iraq and do your own reporting. Why do you guys keep on whinning about the reporting from Iraq when none of your ilk are going over there to get what you call the positive truth. Faux News should send all of you over there or since you all love the U.S. so much and want to help out, you should go there on your own without any military escort! I will donate money for the trip if at least 10 of the above go!

6:39 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

I wonder if Ernie Pyle, Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite are spinning in their graves at the current coverage.

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Uh, Toffee, Walter Cronkite isn't dead.

12:26 AM  

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