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  • I've often wondered at the need to have battlefield reporting. Yes, reporters can be check against excessive military exuberance (they can also end up tools of propaganda for both sides). I know that I wouldn't do what these fools, that is battlefield reporters, do. That said, I find Rumsfield's reported callous attitude toward reporters deplorable. There is a very thin line between setting a clear policy (no reporters) and missing an opportunity to help an American (and taxpayer) in distress. Perhaps, CNN
    • Well, as a former journalist (though certainly not a war correspondent :-) my take is that journalists have no reason to expect help from any government, nor do they have any reason to be a target for any significant amount of sympathy or pity.

      That said, I am very grateful for the sacrifices they make. While they are not required to do what they do, and so willing and eagerly, they do help us out to a tremendous degree, being our eyes and ears, and deserve our gratitude when they do a good job (that would
  • After chatting with a very politically-attentive friend at lunch about this story, I found out that Ted Rall has some credibility issues. He apparently is given to making claims and jumping to conclusions without a lot of supporting information. She pointed me towards the following recent stories:

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  • Yes, having seen Ted Rall's cartoon on WTC widows, I've decided he's a bunghole who can be safely ignored.

    Idea for a site: a database with an entry for every op-ed writer. The entry has two blurbs about their biases, one written by a friend and one by a critic. "Ted tells it how it is!" "Ted is a right-wing fuckwit who wants to prostitute war widows and sack the White House!" Figuring the truth is somewhere in the middle, you could get a feel for the lens through which that writer views the world.