October 24, 2007
Bumped to top
I started to link to this in the post below.... indeed it is what actually set me off...but it is too important to be buried in a linkfest.
It is also an example of the type of reportage that is far too rare.
Michael Yon reports on the HUGE dichotomy between what is reported and what is now happening in Iraq.
He is now offering his dispatches for free in a desperate attemtpt to get this story out. But he needs help.
This is where my readers come in, at least those among them who share the concern that the distorted picture most Americans have of the situation in Iraq has strategic (and disastrous) implications for this war, our national security, and the stability of one of the most volatile regions on the planet.
Those readers can first check to see if their local paper is a member of the NNA . Because only NNA members will be able to
” . . . print excerpts of Michael Yon’s dispatches, including up to two of his photographs from each dispatch. Online excerpts may use up to 8 paragraphs, use 1-3 photos, and then link back to the full dispatch on his site saying ‘To continue reading, click here.’”
If their local paper is a member of NNA, readers can contact the editor, urging their participation. [If Bob Owens’ experience is a reliable indicator, this might take several prompts.] By encouraging their local daily or weekly newspapers to reprint these dispatches in their print editions, more people without internet access can begin to see a more accurate reflection of the progress I have observed and chronicled in dispatches like “Achievements of the Heart,” “7 Rules: 1 Oath,” “The Hands of God,” and “Three Marks on the Horizon.”
Yon is a freelancer who is travels between Iraq and Afganistan. He has reported on the war warts and all and was one of the first to point out missteps in the early days of the occupation. He also reports on the success being made and is doing some of the finest Journalism I've ever seen.
He has no suport other than his articles and donations. He's just given up on the former, so please consider supporting him with the latter.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Oct 25 01:54:09 2007 (+rSRq)
It would have been completely on topic in the meta blogging post....
...but thanks for the input! (Gotta figgure how to get some white in there...or something)
As I said, I'm still tweaking...
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Oct 25 08:50:45 2007 (SjIK4)
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