"This is fun!" -- Walter Rodgers, a CNN embed riding with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division reporting live tonight on CNN.
The administration's embedding policy is a stroke of genius, since apparently it takes the pesky objectivity problem out of journalism. Rodgers' reports from the frontline (and pretty much every other embed I've seen) are basically blowjobs to his new army buddies and his fellow CNN crewmembers. The only "balance" I've seen in the coverage so far was an Iraqi Parliament member who ABC somehow got on the phone with Peter Jennings and in his 2 minutes of airtime, answered Jennings' silly question about "are you happy or scared about the bombing that's going on around you?" with an incredulous laugh, and then proceeded to launch into the parallels with the British occupation pre-WWII, in which the Brits used Iraq as a huge gas station, after which he was abruptly cut off for a commercial break.Posted by tmonkey at March 22, 2003 01:48 AM