Why isnt the good news getting through?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by crabtastic, May 26, 2006.

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  1. Our right wing colleagues frequently declare that the lack of support for the war is due to the Mainstream Media's sensationalist, anti-administration agenda etc. etc. . With this premise in mind, you'd think that the US Government-run Voice of America would come in and fill the breach with the shiney, happy stories to show how the situation is improving, wouldn't you?

    You'd think- but there is just one small problem. You see, for the last 6 months, VOA has been relying on the efforts of Iraqi "stringers" because they cannot find a single journalist in their organisation to volunteer to become their Baghdad corresponent because they feel that the job is too dangerous:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/22/AR2006052201386.html

    What with today's story about the fundamentalist militias executing tennis players for wearing shorts, am I the only one that thinks that this war is becoming like some morbid, Monty Python-esque parody of itself?
     
  2. "VOA has been relying on the efforts of Iraqi "stringers" because they cannot find a single journalist in their organisation to volunteer to become their Baghdad corresponent because they feel that the job is too dangerous:"

    Ah the Great Whore of Fleet St has sisters of simmilar persaustion.
    john
    Job for Jon ?
     
  3. Bad news sells newspapers.
     
  4. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    I nominate Tom Neutered-Dung, who apparently writes about defence matters (that's what the Sun calls soldiers drinking and bonking). A change of scenery would do him good.
     
  5. Quote from the article:

    "The VOA...is designed to be journalistically independent but is required by its charter to "present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively."



    How on earth could any self-respecting journalist worthy of the name operate under this SH1T? OK, invoke personal safety as a reason for not going - but there's a damn good reason for the level of danger, and it doesn't occur by chance. If you're there as part of the US propaganda machine, then you're there to antagonise and to throw petrol on the flames. In other words, expect incoming.

    I'd volunteer to do the job, under the condition that they rewrite their charter and allow reporters to be FREE and to DEMOCRATICALLY report the truth as found on the streets of Baghdad - in the manner of certain principled journalists. Getting the truth out might also hasten the withdrawal that's looming on the horizon, which would now satisfy the majority of the Dixie Chicks loving US electorate.

     
  6. All you need to remember about media is:

    "If it bleeds - it leads".

    Everything else is just chip papers in waiting.
     
  7. Or it is waiting to be recycled.

    Just like the news.