Sunday, May 20, 2007

Embedded Journalists in Iraq

This is an excellent article that I found linked at INDCJournal.

The topic is about embedded journalists. Something that I've noted has been used at decreased levels for some time now in the US. Probably because the reporting goes against the editorial desires of the MSM. Here's the crux.
While embedding may be decried by some for causing journalists, who claim the utopian titles of "objective" and "neutral" for their reportage, to lose their cold detachment and actually begin to see the soldiers they live alongside as humans, it is that very quality that makes the practice of embedding reporters with military units so beneficial to both parties. Rather than observing events from a safely detached distance -- and thus being able to remove the human element from the equation -- embedded reporters are forced to face up to the humanity of their subjects, and to share common experiences -- often of the life-and-death variety -- with those who they are covering.
Unfortunately, the MSM doesn't report anything about the soldiers anymore except body counts or those few who are against the war in Iraq. It would be nice if more reporting showed the soldiers and their part in this conflict.

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