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

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