Friday, April 01, 2005

WashPost's Iraq Coverage

Austin Bay dissects another "police-blotter" report from Iraq in the Washington Post - this report lamenting the "bogged down" political process since the Jan. 30 elections:

"Faliure, quagmire, or difficult political process in a nation emerging from brutal dictatorship? I think this is another example of 'minutes versus months' – the police blotter minute by minute report mentality that obscures or ignores long-term context.

"I’m going to be a little bit harder on this Washington Post article than it deserves– the reporter, Caryle Murphy, does a fine job of capturing individual character and color. However, critiquing it serves to reinforce a point I’ve made regarding media coverage in Iraq, ie, police blotter and bomb by bomb versus operational and strategic achievements. The 'time lens' can impart a 'spin.'"


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