BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Quick excerpt

People...

Quick excerpt from Red Nordland's interview with Foreign Policy. Nordland was Newsweek's Baghdad bureau chief for two years:
FP: How often do you travel outside of the Green Zone?

RN: The restrictions on [journalists’] movements are very severe. It is extremely dangerous to move around anywhere in Iraq, but we do. We all have Iraqi staff who get around, and we go on trips arranged by the U.S. State Department as frequently as we can.

But the military has started censoring many [embedded reporting] arrangements.

Before a journalist is allowed to go on an embed now, [the military] check[s] the work you have done previously. They want to know your slant on a story—they use the word slant—what you intend to write, and what you have written from embed trips before.

If they don’t like what you have done before, they refuse to take you.

There are cases where individual reporters have been blacklisted because the military wasn’t happy with the work they had done on embed. But we get out among the Iraqi public a whole lot more than almost any American official, certainly more than military officials do.
They report...they decide.

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