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Monday, April 07, 2003  

New York Times falls victim to crappy war journalism

The New York Times joins the ranks of the pathetic news outlets in the US. Their treatment of the 'friendly fire' incident yesterday illustrates their poor judgement. Here's their story.

Here are the flaws in this piece of reportage.
1. This article is placed 27th on their full listing of international headlines. The top headlines are all concerned with the victories in Baghdad and Basra and the likely format of post-Saddam government. The only reason I found the article was because I deliberately went looking for it.

2. Note how many quotes are from wounded Kurds insisting that they do not blame the Americans.

3. They say that one American was wounded when the live BBC reports conclusively stated that American soldiers were killed.

4. They neglect to mention that the BBC translator was one of those killed.

5. Finally, and most insultingly, they give one short quote from John Simpson, the BBC World Affairs Editor, pointing out how US soldiers treated the wounded. It neglects to mention the following quotes he also provided in his report:

"So there are Americans dead. It was an American plane that dropped the bomb right beside us - I saw it land about 10 feet, 12 feet away I think.
"This is just a scene from hell here. All the vehicles on fire. There are bodies burning around me, there are bodies lying around, there are bits of bodies on the ground. This is a really bad own goal by the Americans.

"We don't really know how many Americans are dead. There is ammunition exploding in fact from some of these cars. A very senior member of the Kurdish Republic's government who also may have been injured."

If you want the full report, here it is.

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