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The Media Are the Enemy

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You are not going to believe this mind-bending report from “photojournalist” Molly Bingham, who snuck into Iraq shortly before the war hoping to record American “war crimes,” was arrested by Saddam’s goons and imprisoned at Abu Ghraib, then spent months hanging out with the mujahideen: Home from Iraq. (Hat tip: obscured by clouds.)

We spent 10 months in Iraq, working on a story, understanding who the people are who are fighting, why they fight, what their fundamental beliefs are, when they started, what kinds of backgrounds they come from, what education, jobs they have. Were they former military, are they Iraqi or foreign? Are they part of al-Qaida? What we came up with is a story in itself, and one that Vanity Fair ran in July 2004 with my text and pictures. [My colleague Steve Connors] shot a documentary film that is still waiting to find a home. But the basic point for this discussion is that we both thought it was really journalistically important to understand who it was who was resisting the presence of the foreign troops. If you didn’t understand that, how could you report what was clearly becoming an “ongoing conflict?” And if you were reading the news in America, or Europe, how could you understand the full context of what was unfolding if what motivates the “other side” of the conflict is not understood, or even discussed?

Read it all, and understand how twisted and reactionary the modern American left has become.

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