Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Katie Couric's green zone latte

I keep hearing about how difficult it is for journalists to leave the green zone in order to get accurate news footage.
  • Soldiers do it every day, just because you went to an ivy league school and see your opinion in front of a mass market audience, does not mean that you are too precious to not do your investigative job.
    • The military should be accommodating to journalism.
    • A fund should be available, maybe partially public funded, that compensates journalists, particularly those without large conglomerates behind them, if they are injured/killed.
  • Iraqis should take more assertive action to protect journalists if they want to have their stories heard and an impact on international dialogue.
    • Thus Iraqis bear a burden for lack of information and accountability available to external/internal actors and decision-makers.

    • IF media acts incompetently and unfairly, THEN the media can expect less support and protection from the public.
      • The media should more vigorously criticize itself because it affects their reputation in generic terms.
      • The problem of accountability and risk thus arises if the editors and top-tier news directors are not the ones occasionally bearing the danger of their reputation.

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