Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bill Roggio and the Media War

In an interview in the Christian Science Monitor, Bill Roggio of TheFourthRail, gives a solid, but short interview with Dante Chinni about the media poor reporting on Iraq.
In some respects the media coverage in Iraq has improved, such as the recent spate of reporting on the remarkable success in suppressing Al Qaeda and the insurgency in Anbar Province. But as a whole, the coverage in Iraq lacks context, and reporters as a whole display a lack of knowledge of counterinsurgency and the role the media plays in an insurgency's information campaign.

Like it or not, the media is a part of the battlefield. Why do the media refuse to recognize their role as participants – even if passive – in this war?
No shocker to my readers, but Bill's first hand report is an important read. TFR is required reading as well. I don't hit it every day, but at least once a week. He has things you simply won't find elsewhere: like this map of who is where in Baghdad. Note all the Iraqi units....

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