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Or: "How many media reports on the failure of the media to report the horrors of Iraq will we need to see before realizing the magnitude of their failure?"
Stray thought. A quote from a recent WaPo piece:
"This is a dangerous place," said Capt. Lee Showman, 28, a senior officer in the battalion. "People are killed here every day, and you don't hear about it. People are kidnapped here every day, and you don't hear about it."I've discussed the broader implications of the piece elsewhere, but wanted to point out something specific (and specifically annoying to me) here. Whenever the media takes a break from broadcasting the horror/quagmire/failure/mistake/death toll that is Iraq and instead publishes a quote from a GI that they will insist supports their view of Iraq as horror/quagmire/failure/etc., the story will invariably include a quote from said GI to the effect that the media doesn't ever report what a horror/quagmire/failure Iraq is. This may even be in the stylebook. If not, it's an unwritten but inviolable rule*. And apparently there's no limit to the number of times some people can hear/read that without catching on.
The American people don't fully realize what's going on, said Staff Sgt. Richard McClary, 27, a section leader from Buffalo.
"They just know back there what the higher-ups here tell them."
While reasonable people can argue the degree to which Iraq is any of those things, it's absurd to argue Americans are ignorant of the issue due to some failure of the media - an absurdity compounded when included in the latest in a long line of stories arguing an extreme view. One is entitled to his or her opinion, but not to his or her own facts.
*Greyhawk's rule of media reports from Iraq: Whenever using a GI quote to support the view that Iraq is every bit the disaster we say it is, always include a quote implying that said GI resents the media failure to report it as such.
We don't hear about people getting killed? That's ALL we hear about, all the TIME.
Is there any way these quotes can be verified with these particular soldiers? I wonder if they are indeed accurate, or were massaged. "They only know what the higher-ups tell them" sounds like a media conceit, as do many of the other quotes in this article. Just seems odd that any military person would bemoan the lack of bad news.
Is there a leadership problem in this unit? These soldiers, who I'm sure are doing their best, don't seem to have a sense of how their duties fit into the larger, improving, picture.Posted by jordan at October 30, 2007 02:20 PM
These guys are in a very bad neighborhood in Baghdad. If one follows the "Bodies Found in Baghad" by neighborhood...this neighborhood is on the list almost everyday.Posted by Soldier's Dad at October 30, 2007 04:45 PM
The point of the article is that once U.S. troops pacified the area somewhat, the IP moved in to clear out Sunni residents from supposedly vacant housing and settle Shias there instead. The U.S. soldiers are down because they feel they are being manipulated into supporting what appears to them to be an unjust (and certainly disguised) form of ethnic cleansing.Posted by Solomon2 at October 30, 2007 05:53 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(3) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)