October 24, 2007

Matchless Reporting From Iraq

Independent journalism has taken the lead in reporting from Iraq, and Michael Yon is carrying the banner. Please take the time to read an important post from Yon, and consider supporting his work with a donation if you can.

Michael Yon: Resistance is Futile

A gulf...a gap...a chasm...a parallel universe...

All describe the bizarro-world contrast between what most Americans seem to think is happening in Iraq versus what is really happening in Iraq. Knowing this disconnect exists and experiencing it directly are two separate matters. It’s like the difference between holding the remote control during the telecast of a volcanic eruption on some distant island (and then flipping the channel), versus running for survival from a wretch of molten lava that just engulfed your car.

I was at home in the United States just one day before the magnitude hit me like vertigo: America seems to be under a glass dome which allows few hard facts from the field to filter in unless they are attached to a string of false assumptions.

Yon focuses in this dispatch on the issue of media and the war, and he has now made an offer to provide his reporting free of charge to to a large syndication service, the National Newspaper Association (NNA). He is asking for reader support to contact editors of member newspapers to suggest they pick up his reports. I think readers would respond positively to Yon's style, especially since all most people are seeing in their newspapers on Iraq is wire reports, when they see anything at all.

Be sure to look also at a two part series from another embedded, reader financed, Iraq correspondent, Jeff Emanuel (bio), linked here via American Thinker. His two excellent photo-essays are:

Part One: The Surge is Only the First Step

Part Two: The Coalition and Iraq

Related:

Dean Barnett on media coverage (or not) of the declining casualties in Iraq.

Posted by dan at October 24, 2007 1:08 AM