Instapundit notes this paragraph buried at the bottom of a CNN report:
The U.S. military reported Saturday that a CBS News stringer detained after a gunbattle between U.S. forces and insurgents this month “tested positive for explosive residue.” “Multinational forces continue to investigate potential collaboration between the stringer and terrorists, and allegations the stringer had knowledge of future terrorist attacks,” said Sgt. John Franzen of Task Force Freedom in Mosul.
Perhaps we should award the stringer a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting.
A journalism school recently released a survey of journalists detailing their thoughts on their coverage of the Iraq War. The reporters were asked to list the types of images that their organizations prohibited them from distributing. Of course, many of the journalists said they were limited in the use of pictures featuring dead soldiers and civilians. The headlines from the survey mostly followed this example: “Study: Media Self-Censored Some Iraq Coverage.”
An accurate assessment, I’m sure. But the survey was interesting for the questions that weren’t asked. For instance, do any of these news organizations prohibit publishing photos from people who are either implicitly or overtly working with terrorists? An interesting question, but one no one thought to ask. It certainly doesn’t appear as though these news organizations have considered that they may be used as tools of terrorist propaganda. In the case of CBS News they may have been used even more viciously.
No journalist should discount the seriousness of these charges. If the American public comes to think that journalists are tacitly working with the enemy, their trust will erode even further. Unfortunately, no one but right-wing bloggers seems to think this a concern.