Mark L said:Check post #24 on this thread, I indicated I'd post a link to an article by a retired military guy. FYI, I trust retired career officers opinions on conflict conditions substantially more than those hard hitting, only the facts, no liberal bias guys from the NY Times and Boston Globe.
Thank you for the reference. It seems curious to trust a soldier to do news reporting. Kinda like asking a reporter to do soldiering. Although the one military reported I did like was David Hackworth ... I always felt I got the straight skinny from him. His agenda was always clear ... the men who wore the Combat Infantry Badge.
The Boston Globe has closed its operations in Iraq. It has not been staffed in months.
Although, this is a sampling of the reports I have been reading and hearing about for months.
The Camden Conference
| NPR correspondent Amos details Iraq assignments
| By Christine Parrish
| CAMDEN (Feb 28): "We are too restricted. We cannot go out
| and be reporters in Iraq anymore and it is a big problem."
| -- Deborah Amos, foreign correspondent for National Public
| National Public Radio foreign correspondent Deborah Amos,
| who has reported from Iraq off and on since the
| Iraq-American war started two years ago, said Iraq has
| become the most dangerous assignment in the world and one
| of the most difficult places to do accurate and balanced
| Amos, who addressed and audience of more than 500 on
| Saturday, Feb. 26 at the 2005 Camden Conference on the
| Middle East, said the full story of what is happening in
| Iraq is not being reported for two reasons: the dangerous
| situation in the country severely restricts movement, and
| the U.S. military restricts media access.
| "In May, 2003 I left for Iraq with a flak jacket, a
| satellite phone and $5,000 in cash from NPR," said Amos.
| "It was a 12-hour journey by car from the Jordanian capital
| to Baghdad. In the spring of 2003, all of Iraq was open to
| us and the Iraqis couldn't shut up. We took the best
| interpreters away from the U.S. military, where they were
| being paid $5 a day, by offering them more money and we
| were able to report on the insurgency from the beginning."
| Growing danger and restrictions on certain areas began to
| limit reporting. The NPR reporters moved from a bed and
| breakfast to a residential neighborhood. Female reporters
| started wearing black "abayas," a type of Islamic clothing,
| and the men grew beards and dyed their hair to blend in
| with the general population.
| In 2005, reporters are relying on interpreters to gather
| the news they are no longer able to get and Amos said
| freelancers aren't attempting to cover Iraq because the
| risks are too high without organizational backing. She said
| most NPR reporters are holed up in a compound on a hilltop
| that resembles a base for a Colombian drug lord. The
| guarded compound has a vault that journalists can step into
| if "they" come to get them.
| Because of the risk, it is also expensive for news agencies
| to put reporters in Iraq, and Amos questioned whether some
| organizations will continue to do so.
| "When you read a news report, look at the second line,"
| said Amos. "More and more you will find it reads:
| 'according to the U.S. military' or 'according to