Just Who is Our Treasure?

The newspapers sitting on my desk since August are already almost yellow. I’ve been thinking since then of writing this. The capture and release of NBC’s Richard Engel and his crew lifted me from my ennui.
Why in the collective conscience are soldiers the only heroes in combat boots, why not the messengers of the bad news? ITEM: From the New York Times of 8/22/12 – “Two days after a Japanese journalist, Mika Yamamoto, was shot and killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, her news agency released some of the footage she recorded in her final hours. The video, posted online with subtitles by The Telegraph of Britain, shows that Ms. Yamamoto, 45, was filming Syrian rebel fighters alongside her partner, Kazutaka Sato, when she was shot and killed.”

VIDEO HERE– NY Times Blog Aug 22, 2012: Japanese Journalist’s Final Report From Syria Is Released After Her Death

In that same issue of the Times, this appeared: “… an international team of doctors and Continue reading

Needed: More Boots (Correspondents) On the Ground

It took him awhile to get there, but Bill Keller made the interesting point in an Op Ed piece in the Times on Dec. 3 that the political flap over Benghazi might have been avoided if correspondents had been on the ground there.
“The price we pay for not being where news happens can be reckoned not only in less good journalism, but in less good policy. Because, make no mistake, some portion of the information governments call ‘intelligence’ is nothing more than an attentive reading of the news . . . It is not irrelevant that every one of the online reports I just cited had a dateline somewhere other than Benghazi — Cairo, Washington, New York. In the ensuing news cycles some excellent reporting by journalists on the scene set the record straight: there were no protesters in the street, but the perpetrators of the attack were, by their own account, infuriated into violence by reports of the offensive video. By then it was too late. The story had been hijacked for partisan spin and counterspin. But I strongly suspect that one reason Susan Rice got it wrong at the outset is that most of us in the press weren’t there.”
Artwork by Nicholas Blechman - NY Times

READ IT HERE: Being There By Bill Keller NY Times Dec 2, 2012