It would be funny if it weren't so pathetic
If you've been paying attention at all, you've no doubt heard the incessant whine from the right that that mean old "liberal media" is the reason we're doing so badly in Iraq. Why, if they'd only report the GOOD news in Iraq, these bozos cry, people would support the war. It's so unfair!
Well, as was clear to anyone with a few brain cells still sparking, there just wasn't much good news out of Iraq, or certainly so little that it didn't quite overshadow the hideous maiming, death, and utter chaos which is so prevelent.
Not only that, but reporters simply couldn't go out to report on "good" news. Why? Because they'd probably file a pretty cruddy story if they were blown to bits, which is what was likely if they ventured outside the fortified "Green Zone".. the massively defended chunk of real estate in the heart of Baghdad where US officials and civilian contractors hide.
Now comes this bit of news.
The U.S. government funded Voice of America news service had a correspondent in Baghdad. She and her driver/bodyguard were ambushed and fired upon, and her bodyguard was later kidnapped and released, then later shot in the head and murdered. The brother of her interpreter was also murdered.
Not surprisingly, she politely asked to leave her post, saying that she couldn't live with the though of people being slaughtered simply because they associated with her and for what she reported.
OK. Fair enough.
But, it seems that Voice of America is having a little trouble finding a replacement. NO ONE wants the position. It's too damn dangerous.
VOA reporter Alisha Ryu said yesterday that she told her bosses in December that "it would really be impossible for me to do any kind of work" in Iraq. "I couldn't live with the idea that someone else could have died who was working with me. . . . For all journalists, it's really become impossible to move around."So, our Republican government, the very one that pushed and promoted the line that the "mainstream media" was guilty of not reporting all the "good news" from Iraq, can't get ANYONE to even go to Iraq to report it.
Asked why VOA has not sent another reporter to Iraq, Ryu said, "They didn't have any volunteers to replace me."
Since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 69 journalists have been killed while on duty, along with 26 media support workers.
Funny, if it weren't so pathetic.