Essay: Trusting Ourselves with the News

Trusting Ourselves with the News

They say it's Saddam Hussein's last weapon: the sight of Iraqi civilians killed and maimed by American bombs. Even if Saddam did not actually arrange for the martyrdom of these innocents, he has been using dead civilians in an attempt to undermine his opponents' resolve. But he needs help. So he has invited in the media of the nations allied against him, while carefully restricting what they can see and report. And -- presto! -- the media send the images he wants around the world. Are journalists aiding and comforting the enemy? Should somebody pull the plug?

No one, or almost...

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