This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.
As long as we’re on the whole going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket theme (It is Christmas, after all, and the heart doth turn…), over at NYRB Michael Massing explores how the internal politics of the mainstream media outlets increasingly limit the scope of what the public sees and hears:
The abuses that US troops routinely commit in the field, and their responsibility for the deaths of many thousands of innocent Iraqis, are viewed by the American press as too sensitive for most Americans to see or read about. When NBC cameraman Kevin Sites filmed a US soldier fatally shooting a wounded Iraqi man in Fallujah, he was harassed, denounced as an antiwar activist, and sent death threats. Such incidents feed the deep-seated fear that many US journalists have of being accused of being anti-American, of not supporting the troops in the field. These subjects remain off-limits.