Journalists in Iraq

From a Washington Post column today, I found out the following:

– New York Times reporter John Burns and several colleagues were blindfolded and driven to a makeshift prison before being released after eight hours.

– Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman and his driver were abducted by gun-toting men with scarves over their faces before being released.

– Washington Post reporter Dan Williams barely escaped death when his car came under hostile fire after he traveled to Fallujah.

– CNN correspondent Michael Holmes also escaped injury when his car was blasted by AK-47s, but two of CNN’s Iraqi employees were killed.

– In another attack, hostile fire shattered the window in a car carrying Fox’s Geraldo Rivera.

Yet, these events didn’t stop Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, from saying, “Frankly, part of our problem is a lot of the press are afraid to travel very much, so they sit in Baghdad and they publish rumors.”

He’s right. If only journalists would publish the truth, we could clean up this mess in Iraq a lot easier. It’s a real obstacle. Also, we’re constantly having to feed these loafers. They sit around in Saddam’s old palaces, asking for more and more expensive caviar and wine. It’s ridiculous. They should be out there helping out. I mean, whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword never saw a car bomb.

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