The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Another gringo reporter nearly killed in Iraq
Yesterday, I suggested that, on the whole, Western journalists in Iraq were risking their lives for no good reason.
In WaPo today, one of the Post's guys in Iraq, Daniel Williams, describes at length how he risks his life for no good reason - none that is apparent, at least.
It's a great story - stories where someone from your side narrowly escapes death by dint of initiative and quick thinking are usually great .
But - what if Williams had bought it? Widow, children, parents? - I suspect there'd be bereaved. And for what?
By the good grace of the WaPo search engine, we can pull up Williams' bylined pieces for the last two weeks  and judge just how essential it was that a gringo was on the spot to do the reporting.
Of course, if you, the Post editors, thought that all Arabs are lying douchebags like Chalabi, naturally, you'd want to send a white man. But, isn't the Post a haven of diversity? How else to explain the continuing columns of William Raspberry...
The Oliver Cromwell quote to the Rump Parliament that may have sprung to your mind, from April 20 1653, is
You have sat here too long for the good you do. In the name of God, go!'
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