Journalists sure are one lying, conniving, law-avoiding, panty-wasted bunch. Or at least that’s the impression we could come away with from listening to this week’s (engaging) version of “On the Media.”
are unwilling to call Iraq’s conflict “civil war,” even though they all, according to former Ambassador Peter Galbraith, know it is. went into Sudan without a getting the required visa, and were held in jail for more than a month. (A
good look, by the way, at how foreign correspondents have to make tough calls in tough places, where getting a visa can be impossible, or mean you can’t do a real story. We’ve had our wrist slapped in China, though never been in jail).
lied and self-aggrandizingly framed a woman who wasn’t Tokyo Rose. She then spent more than 7 years in jail. are too lazy to do real work on science articles, and instead happily lap up embargoed material, getting what academics call an “information subsidy” and in the process ignore valid science that’s not spoon fed. (We remember feeling a little odd putting that “Hold for Release” note on wire service articles we were sending out to thousands of editors.) are, in the case of underground Vietnam radio guy “Dave Rabbit” (pictured, Radio First Termer, the name of his original show), cooperating with the military instead of fighting it. “Rabbit” is flying from Travis Air Force Base in California to Iraq to create a new version of the Vietnam-era show, only this time he’s got some a deal with the military he doesn’t want to talk about. (Will he be willing to say “civil war”?) We hope we can listen in the US. Meanwhile, here’s the writeup in Salon.