Some not-so-fun facts noted by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd this week, in the wake of the deaths in Baghdad of a CBS soundman and cameraman and the critical injury of CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier (in photo): 71 journalists have been killed in Iraq, more than the number killed in Vietnam or World War II. And the Iraq war is “now six months short of the United States involvement in World War II.”
To those who complain about media’s refusal to report Iraq’s good news, Dowd recounts what CBS correspondent Lara Logan recently told CNN: that the U.S. military rejects her pitches for upbeat stories, saying, “Oh, sorry, we can’t take you to that school project, because if you put that on TV, they’re going to be attacked, the teachers are going to be killed, the children might be the victims of attack. Oh, sorry, we can’t show this reconstruction project because then that’s going to expose it to sabotage.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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