Saturday, April 09, 2005
Should we revisit Haifa Street?
"A CBS stringer has been arrested as a suspected insurgent, U.S. military officials said Friday.
U.S. military officials said the man's camera held footage of a number of roadside bomb attacks against American troops, and they believe he was tipped off to those attacks.
In a written statement, the network said the man was referred to the network by a "fixer" in Tikrit "who has had a trusted relationship with CBS News for two years.
One official said at least four videos in the man's camera show roadside bomb attacks on U.S. troops.
All had been shot in a manner that suggested the cameraman had prior knowledge of the attacks and had scouted a shooting location in sight of the target."
I am sure that Iraqi and foreign media employ numerous Iraqis and the vast majority of them have no sympathy towards the terrorists. However, just as a number of rotten apples managed to sneak through the ranks of the Iraqi police and army, they could have done the same thing with the foreign media.
This brings us to what happened on Haifa street days before the elections. An AP photographer managed to stand in the middle of Baghdad's most dangerous road back then and shoot a picture after another of terrorists killing 2 Iraqi election workers. AP provided no convincing information as to how its photographer managed to take such pictures that eventually won a Pulitzer price!
Did we have 2 rotten apples, one at CBS and the other at AP? I hope the answer is no because I hate it when terrorists get maximum publicity over the corpses of Iraqi police/army members, Iraqi election workers, Iraqi civilians, and coalition forces. It would be a disaster if they got this publicity using American media equipments!