Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The New York Times's Lonely War

Vanity Fair has an amazing piece that explores the "day-to-day toll - the infighting, isolation, and near-death experiences - of covering the most important story no one wants to read about."  The author of the article, Seth Mnookin, focuses in on the New York Times's Baghdad bureau (there is a small mention of CNN's Michael Holmes) and talks with John F. Burns, Dexter Filkins, and others.

The above photograph of Dexter Filkins was taken by Ashley Gilbertson in 2004.


Cyn said...

This is an amazing article. People in general do not understand what journalists have gone through to bring us the truth of this war. This should be required reading, damn it.

Delie said...

What a photo! Could it "match" more what the blog is about than this?
I love the article. Gonna buy this VF.

Cyn said...

That's true, Délie... I wonder whether Yuri has any comparable photos of Michael, especially from Fallujah. I kind of doubt it, but I really wish he did (and would share!)

maxie1218 said...

I always had an idea about how dangerous it was to cover the war in Iraq but this article really brought home to me what it feels to have to LIVE there while covering it....I can't imagine having to live for months in so close proximity to people I work with, being stuck in a room and not able to roam about freely outside.

I know that CNN's Kyra Phillips did a story once about what it looks like inside the CNN Baghdad Bureau, but she was so perky in her report and she made it seem like they were all one big happy family. I am sure with all of the stresses from the war, the living conditions, etc. - it is far from happy.