I can’t say I’m surprised by this report. Only NINE reporters are currently embedded with US forces in Iraq actually covering the War on Terror from the front lines. And four of the nine were reporters from Armed Forces news media.
Pajamas Media, in the course of a casual conversation with a Marine Corps information officer who tracks the number of embedded reporters in Iraq, learned the real number of embedded reporters covering the Iraq story on September 19, 2006. It was, according to the officer, a fairly typical day. To illustrate his point, he provided Pajamas Media with the illustration he uses to brief with on the state of media embedding in Iraq.
Here’s the chart (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) showing who the nine embedded reporters were covering all of Iraq on 9/19/2006. You’ll see that of those 9 reporters, 3 were from the Armed Forces’ Stars & Stripes, 1 from AFN (Armed Force Network), 1 from the Charlotte Observer, 1 from the BBC, 1 from the AP, 1 from RAI, and 1 from Polish Radio. All the rest of the “coverage” of the Iraq war on that day came from reporters hunkered down in the hotels and other locations under the rubric “Baghdad News Bureaus.”
The Charlotte Observer is the only American newspaper (local or national) that has reporters embedded in Iraq covering the real news. Where is the New York Times? USA Today? Washington Post? LA Times? Hiding in their hotel rooms in Baghdad.
No wonder we aren’t getting a full and truthful picture from Iraq. These “professional journalists” aren’t doing their jobs and are violating their public duty to give us the truth.