Saturday, May 5, 2007

Abu Ghraib a scandal all right - of reporting

Military writer Bing West, author of The Village, No True Glory and many other outstanding works, is back from Iraq with observations that include the impact of the Abu Ghraib scandal - the one about the jail, not the reporting scandal. Reporting scandal? Yes. Saddam killed thousands in the same jail, murders that went virtually unreported because news people kept quiet in order to get access elsewhere in Iraq. It's all in "Embedded." A CNN big shot stepped down soon after the book was published. Same old story: the press credits itself with exposing something - in this case the jail brutality - and then becomes a PR agency for itself. Again, fact conquers truth.

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