Friday, October 18, 2002

Channel Z
Unbelievably fascinating article detailing how Saddam manipulates the media. The only way you get a reporter into Iraq is by visa. And the only way a visa can be secured is if that particular reporter has a history of reporting on Iraq without any hint of criticism. This explains all that infuriating coverage of Baby Milk Factories and Saddam's recent "unanimous reelection" - reports all done without any hint of balanced journalistic critique. CNN plays this game to maintain a presence in Baghdad, and to an equal extent further the propaganda aims of the Iraq Ministry of Information. A must read.


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