One thing that really bothered me about the media’s handling of the capture of Saddam Hussein was how when it was so graciously announced that “We got ‘im” (grammar interpreted) was the reaction of the press corps that were at hand. They cheered. I guess nobody told them that journalists are supposed to be impartial and simply report the news.
Was I glad to see Saddam captured? Sure, but then I don’t shape the opinions of the world — hell I can’t even get my family to read Alt Text.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by wag the dog on December 17, 2003 at 9:25 am

    I think it’s clearly another example the US stage managing stories in Iraq.
    Bremer said “We got ’em.”
    Wouldn’t a journalist’s natural reaction be to ask “got who? got what?” Instead the entire front row of the press corp jumps up to applaud.
    The cheers were said to be from Iraqi journalists, who as Arabic speakers, you’d think might ask for clarification.
    They were obviously told beforehand of Saddam’s capture, and the reaction was trumped up to create good TV.

  2. Posted by Jaundice Head on December 17, 2003 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t think it’s bad at all. Who said that journalists should be unbiased?
    1. There will always be bias. They pick news that people would be interested in. That process is fraught with bias.
    2. People want bias. We like newscasters that are pretty and human and personable. We want to people’s perspectives.
    3. The news people are just people too. Society tells us that we should all probably be more professional in our jobs. But, I think that that’s crap. We should be more personable.
    ps. how was the lor?

  3. Posted by Digger on December 18, 2003 at 6:26 pm

    The funniest thing about how it was handled (first by the military and then by the press) was how they kept stressing how Saddam didn’t fight back, how he hid in a hole in the ground. It may have been true but it was given too much emphasis.
    I pretty sure the purpose is to have Saddam lose any support he may have still had amongst the Iraqi people. If they paint him in a disgraceful light I’m sure he’ll be found more than guilty when he is tried by the Iraqi’s.
    What I was wondering about is if he is considered a POW. If so why can the US parade him about on TV when we critisized the Iraqis for doing something similar. Or is the case where we won the war so he is just a criminal and not a POW. I don’t understand international politics.
    Well maybe now he can tell us where Bin Laden is since they are such good buddies? Hah.

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