Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Flap over reporter's soldier's question

It was a soldier's concern, but a reporter's question

Just answer the question, Mr. Rumsfeld

I'm a bit conflicted about this one. I certainly disagree that Pitts was "creating news," but the story definitely should have been clearer about the source of the question. That's just journalistic common sense.

I'd be interested to hear what others -- especially those outside of journalism -- think about this.


Peter Schrenk said...

Here's a conservative non-journalist's take:
I think it was a fair question. Any protests about the legitimacy of the question amount to evasion. To confuse the question of journalistic ethics with the question the soldier asked is detrimental to both discussions. Rush Limbaugh's comment about it being a "setup" is ridiculous as the most important part of the setup was the lack of armor for soldiers.

What I think is really disturbing about journalistic ethics regarding the reporting of this war is the reflexive defense of the administration by some and the insatiable desire to see the administration discredited by others. Bush can either do no wrong or nothing right to some people - including many in the media.

Peter Schrenk said...


This is an interesting twist if indeed it is true. However, it only really appears to address the armor status for one unit.