Friday, April 11, 2003

The News We Kept to Ourselves (NYT - Registration Reqd.)

This article in the New York Times details the methods of intimidation applied by Saddam's regime to obtain the silence of foreign news organizations about the realities of life in Iraq. Reading this, one has to wonder - why didn't CNN and other such news organizations simply pull out of Iraq? What value was there in reporting from Baghdad if the only reports allowed were pro-Saddam propaganda pieces? How could these so-called "journalists" live with the guilt of what they were doing, knowing, as they must have, that their "work" was helping to prop up such a brutal regime?