War Reporting

So what does the US mil­it­ary really think about journ­al­ists? Below are excerpts from a report that addresses wider issues about the first Battle of Fal­lu­jah but con­tains some inter­est­ing points about “inform­a­tion oper­a­tions,” in Orwellian milspeak. The doc­u­ment is chiefly the work of Jane Aus­ten fan Dr Sean Edwards, on whom more below. But first, […]

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Not every form of con­tent cre­ation is sup­por­ted by a rev­en­ue mod­el. A poet like Ver­non Scan­nell could not sup­port him­self on verse alone. He is dead at 85. Here is one his poems: CASUALTYMENTAL WARD Some­thing has gone wrong inside my head.The sap­pers have left mines and wire behind, I do not always know […]

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Inside the surge

July 20, 2007

If you haven’t seen Sean Smith’s film from Bagh­dad then do your­self a favour and check it out. Smith is a Guard­i­an pho­to­graph­er who’s been shoot­ing video whilst on an embed with a US out­fit.I don’t urge you to watch it with a view to per­suad­ing you of the sense or oth­er­wise of the US mil­it­ary pres­ence in Iraq, […]

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Alan Johnston: 100 days

June 20, 2007

Let’s keep him in our thoughts. On Monday, the BBC’s Vin Ray shared an email from John­ston, recount­ing a story from Grozny. Here it is: I was with a journ­al­ist, not a BBC bloke, who very much liked being in a war zone, and dur­ing the battle for the city, we were in an aban­doned block of flats. We […]

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