Reporters, long flexicuffed, strike back by mattsteinglass
February 13, 2007, 8:30 am
Filed under: Iraq, Media

Clearly infuriated by official obstructionism and reality-denial techniques, Damien Cave, one of the NY Times’s reporters in Baghdad, does some outside-the-box thinking about creative repertorial technique today. Here’s his report of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki giving a press conference on improved security, at the very moment massive bombs were going off at Baghdad’s central market:

“I’m very hopeful that the Iraqis will work together to support the Iraqi security forces and police” — boom! — “who are in charge of the operation,” he said.

The press has spent much of the past six years struggling desperately against the restraints of governments which have learned how to expertly manipulate the rules of reporting. Increasingly, though, reporters are getting fed up with this kind of treatment, and are doing what Damien Cave did today, pushing against or simply breaking the bounds of what one has traditionally been allowed to do in reporting news. This leads to more accurate reporting; just as important, it’s fun to read.


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