Thursday, December 08, 2005

On the beat

Perhaps the U.S. media is making a bit of a turnaround these days now that the war in Iraq is rapidly losing favor here. The situation certainly couldn't get more dismal than it's been since our latest war venture. All the same while, the level of reporting in the Middle East is beginning to hit harder and more critically than ever before--certainly enough in many cases to kick the American media's butt.

David Ignatius singles out a number of good reporters who are on the beat in the Middle East, all the while lamenting our country's simultaneous foray into propaganda over in Iraq. Yep, that's us, the standard bearers of democracy, in case you weren't sure.

Interestingly enough, the topic of the divergent trajectories of the U.S. and the Arab media was a large part of the conversation Ghassan and Samer had the other day when we were shooting the film. They both pointed to the propaganda promoted by state-run media they lived with growing up and compared it to how much more open it is in Jordan today. Conversely, they gave examples of how the U.S. media has tightened up, self-censored and become much less diverse since the early days when they moved here.

In fact, they go as far to say that the U.S. in many ways is becoming more like the Arab world. A little ironic, eh?


At 10:17 PM, Anonymous hareega said...

Unfortuantley people living inside the US think they're having the ultimate freedom. Freedom doesn't only refer to the freedom of expressing an opinion, but also the freedom to receive information. With the US media so biased, people are not getting the true picture of what's going on, i.e. people are not free at all!


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