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December 11, 2006

Nothing Like Being There

Jules Crittenden has a post pointing to Mike Fumento's piece on how readers are served when reporters actually go to the places they are reporting on, like Ramadi for example:

In a Nov. 29 blog, "Will the real Ramadi please stand up?" I observed that three articles on conditions in Ramadi and al Anbar Province had appeared within a week of each other giving entirely different points of view. Mine and one in the Times of London said we're winning the war in Ramadi; a Washington Post A1 story co-authored by "Fiasco" author Thomas Ricks claimed exactly the opposite. The difference, I said, could be explained simply. I and the Times writer reported from Ramadi. Ricks and his co-author have not only never been to Ramadi, they wrote their piece from Washington. Well now the WashPost has printed another article on the city, this time an upbeat one. What gives? You guessed it.The second one was reported from Ramadi. Case closed, thank you very much. Unfortunately, it's little solace knowing how few journalists ever leave their safe little hovels in Baghdad hotels or Washington, D.C
Appropriately, Jules suggests that someone needs to notify Jim Baker and company that they might consider doing the same - as in Iraq. Word is they never left the Greenzone, nonetheless, they conjured up a report on Iraq.

Posted by Richard at December 11, 2006 3:20 PM

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