JRL 490 – US News

15 09 2010

Michael Calderone’s article for Yahoo News last Tuesday illuminated the ever-growing divide between the media and our government.  “Journalists Face Challenge: Is it really ‘end of combat’ in Iraq?” discussed the news industry’s reaction to President Obama’s announcement that “the American combat mission in Iraq has ended;” more specifically the Associated Press’ stance on the alleged end to Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Deputy managing editor Tom Kent instructed AP staff through a memo not to “repeat official suggestions that combat ended Aug. 31.” 

I find it refreshing that in an age of Liberal vs. Conservative media finger-pointing, such a respected and established news writer service would stand up and call the government’s bluff.  As Kent stated to his staff, there are 50,000 special operations forces remaining in Iraq who will “continue to be directly engaged in military operations.”  Kent went on to point out that a few days after the formal end to combat, fighting between US troops and militants following an attack on Iraqi military headquarters lead to 12 deaths. 

NBC and its affiliates, as well as the New York Times, have not disclosed an official position- though it would seem by their extensive coverage of the 50,000 troop departure, and glossing over of the remaining presence of 50,000 forces, that they will be perpetuating the myth that we have finished the job overseas.  It concerns me deeply to think that anyone in the news industry would purposefully promote inaccurate or incomplete information.  Common sense tells us if there are still active service men and women stationed in the Middle East, the job is not done and our continued support and attention are required.

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20 09 2010
Professor Palmer

Laura,

This type of article does fall within the categories of topics I described for the 490Z blogs.

Another great source (which includes technology/industry trends) is Poynter’s Romenesko http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45

I recommend setting a bookmark for Jim Romenesko because he updates frequently.

Regarding this blog, your points are on target. There must always be a divide between all levels of government and the practice of journalism. Too often, biases creep in and the watchdog remains chained up. No wonder the public doesn’t trust us!

You receive full credit for your first entry.

Congratulations,

Professor Palmer

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