We’ve all read the reports about how Bush’s military will have total control of all media activity relating to the war. Since the war starts tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how these two possible exceptions to complete censorship and one-sided reporting will fare:

  1. arthur kent First, in today’s Salon , ex-NBC reporter Arthur Kent, who was omnipresent in the previous Iraq war, and who believes that Bush is mishandling the war plans in a way that will inevitably lead to an unnecessarily long and bloody conflict and a huge Anti-American backlash, says he will be reporting on the progress of the war from this side of the Atlantic this time. Since of late I have noticed a lot less reporting in the U.S. media of facts damaging to the U.S. administration’s war position, and since Kent is a Canadian with a fairly free reign to report here, I will be posting links to his reports and analyses as the war progresses.
  2. kevin sites Second, CNN reporter Kevin Sites has started a blog on-site in Iraq (if you’ll pardon the pun). From my knowledge of his style and early postings on his blog, I’m not convinced we’re going to get much of a ‘human interest’ slant from Kevin. He seems more preoccupied with capturing the sensational, whether that be a wall of fire or a wall of soldiers. No front-page coverage for reporting on dead children, I guess. But this blog will definitely be worth watching, if only to see whether we learn anything that isn’t covered by his pandering network, and if so, whether it, too, will be censored or closed down as the military has threatened.

    ADDENDUM: Jim Hanna added a comment to this post saying that this blog appears to be from a citizen in Iraq. Gotta keep an eye on it too.

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3 Responses to THE MEDIA AND THE WAR

  1. Jim Hanna says:

    This blog appears to originate in Iraq

  2. Dave Pollard says:

    Good catch, Jim. I’ll be watching it as well.

  3. Rayne says:

    Yes, thanks, Jim, and Dave for reposting this up top. Great blog to watch.

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