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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

WALL STREET JOURNAL MUZZLES BAGHDAD CORRESPONDENT ... FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT IRAQ 

This should be getting a lot more coverage.

A Wall Street Journal reporter sent a very frank e-mail about conditions in Iraq. It was a private e-mail sent to a number of friends and acquaintances. Read Farnaz Fassihi's letter about Iraq. It's very powerful. If you do care about what's going on in Iraq but don't care too much about media manipulation and newspaper policies, read this and then just skip the rest of this post.

The private e-mail got passed around and came to the attention of the Journal's editors. The ultimate outcome of this incident is that Fassihi will not be writing any more material for the Wall Street Journal until after the election. The Wall Street Journal is saying that she is going on a vacation that had already been planned. (And it makes sense that she would want a vacation after living in the Hell-Hole that is Baghdad.) But it does seem a little fishy.

Read this post from Laura Rozen's War and Piece and Tim Rutten's article in the Los Angeles Times on what happened at the Wall Street Journal this week.

Meanwhile ... isn't it cool that the Dodgers won their division?

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