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The Baghdad Brigade
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, October 26, 2006

Interesting article by Michael Fumento about the difference between embedded reporters and what he calls the "Baghdad Brigade" of journalists (what we in the military would commonly refer too in Vietnam as REMFs - but to be fair, the Baghdad Brigade considers embeds to be "jock sniffers".).
Would you trust a Hurricane Katrina report datelined “direct from Detroit”? Or coverage of the World Trade Center attack from Chicago? Why then should we believe a Time Magazine investigation of the Haditha killings that was reported not from Haditha but from Baghdad? Or a Los Angeles Times article on a purported Fallujah-like attack on Ramadi reported by four journalists in Baghdad and one in Washington? Yet we do, essentially because we have no choice. A war in a country the size of California is essentially covered from a single city. Plug the name of Iraqi cities other than Baghdad into Google News and you’ll find that time and again the reporters are in Iraq’s capital, nowhere near the scene. Capt. David Gramling, public affairs officer for the unit I’m currently embedded with, puts it nicely: “I think it would be pretty hard to report on Baghdad from out here.” Welcome to the not-so-brave new world of Iraq war correspondence.

Vietnam was the first war to give us reporting in virtually real time. Iraq is the first to give us virtual reporting. That doesn’t necessarily make it biased against the war; it does make it biased against the truth.
If you think you've been getting the real picture from the MSM about the war in Iraq, you might rethink that position after reading Fumento.

Oh, and btw, the fact that the military is ending the embed program makes it even worse (not to mention stopping the program is just about as dumb as cracking down on milbloggers).
 
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If you think you’ve been getting the real picture from the MSM about the war in Iraq, you might rethink that position after reading Fumento.
Oh I dunno. It seems no amount of evidence will convince some people.
 
Written By: Josh
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If you think you’ve been getting the real picture from the MSM about the war in Iraq, you might rethink that position after reading Fumento.
And where would one find “the real picture”? Is this picture different than the one we’ve been seeing?
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://ceilidhcowboy.typepad.com/
And where would one find “the real picture”? Is this picture different than the one we’ve been seeing?
I’d say so, yes.

Did you read the article Pogue? Or is this another of your general, knee-jerk "support those brave MSM war reporter" comments?

 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Of course I did.
And though Michael Fumento has been a constant cheerleader for this war, to his credit, he does give props. (unlike someone I know)
CBS News cameraman Paul Douglas and freelance soundman James Brolan were blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED) while accompanying CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier, herself critically injured. They were embedded with the 4th Infantry Division. So were ABC anchorman Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, who were critically injured by an IED. Time correspondent Michael Weisskopf had his hand blown off trying to toss a grenade out of his Humvee when he was embedded with the 1st Armored Division. These, not the hotel-bound credit-claimers, are the journalist-heroes of the Iraq War.
And yet, the picture remains the same.

So what gives?

And if this “knee jerk support those brave MSM war reporter" that Fumento gives credit to tells the same story I’ve been hearing for three years now…

I have to conclude that… the picture is accurate.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://ceilidhcowboy.typepad.com/
These, not the hotel-bound credit-claimers, are the journalist-heroes of the Iraq War.
Yeah ... thus the title "the Baghdad Brigade".

Or’d you miss that?
So what gives?
What gives is the Baghdad Brigade writes like they’re in Fallujah.

Caught up yet?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Thanks for the mention but the military IS NOT ending the embed program. If you read my first blog from this last trip, you’ll see that it was hellish for me to get to my destination. But even that may have more to do with good old REMF military incompetence than anything else. I know that Michael Yon has written a piece saying the military appears to be making it much harder for self-supported embeds such as he and I to get in, but even he didn’t claim they’re ending the program. Fact is, I’ve written about (and am currently writing about) embeds who made it to Ramadi who never should have been allowed in to such a dangerous city and got shot because of it.
 
Written By: Michael Fumento
URL: http://www.fumento.com
Thanks for the mention but the military IS NOT ending the embed program.
Thanks for the heads up ... and the great reporting.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog

 
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