Friday, January 01, 2010

Afstan: The odd view of our media about their sources

Christie Blatchford of the Globe and Mail reflects following the killing of reporter Michelle Lang:
The Canadian Forces are not slick manipulators of truth – rather the opposite, I say politely – and the mere fact of its embedding program, where reporters are invited to live and work alongside soldiers and are subject in my experience to almost zero interference or censorship, alone should speak to that.

And the Taliban, however simple or uneducated its lowest-ranking members may be, are adept at the most basic propaganda; they know very well that the shortest route to sap the will of countries like Canada and Britain is a rising casualty toll. Canadian soldiers who speak to the press are named and accountable for their remarks, both to their superiors and to the public; but for a few top leaders, Taliban and supporters are interviewed anonymously, through interpreters and sometimes fixers, and are usually photographed with covered faces.

It is an odd commentary upon the world we live in that a named and identified Canadian general is often viewed in this country with more suspicion than a masked thug with an AK at his side, yet precisely that view persists in newsrooms and journalism schools both [emphasis added]...
A post along similar lines from this August, with further links:
Dr Goebbels on the line


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, killing your enemy has always been an effective way to communicate your desire that he leave.

You have a point perhaps.

3:08 p.m., January 01, 2010  

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