Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Reporter's Peril

As a Christian Science Monitor junkie, I just wanted to point out the story of Jill Carroll, a reporter working for CSM in Iraq who has been abducted by insurgents. Her interpreter was killed.

A few days ago I was reading an article in the Atlantic that Ryan gave me written by one of their reporters, Nir Rosen, who has "spent sixteen months in postwar Iraq living mostly among ordinary Iraqis." I was somewhat amazed, at the time, that there were still foreign reporters living outside the green zone in Iraq. Given the poor quality of much of our news reporting I am all the more appreciative of the exceptional bravery and talent of reporters from outfits like CSM and The Atlantic. It takes balls of steel. I salute them all (and their Iraqi associates), and I hope and pray that Ms. Carroll makes it out safely.

p.s. Rosen's article, If America Left Iraq, is an excellent and informative read.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

The News Hour just ran a piece on her as well: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/media/index.html

Apparently she had been driving in unsecured territory with only her interpreter and no accompanying security. Pretty brave, pretty amazing. The point was made on News Hour that, in order to get the kind of stories she was trying to get, it might not only be safer but easier to travel outside the context of the US military presence. Stories like this make me realize just how much we rely on these reporters for limited yet invaluable information. Let's hope she returns to us.