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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:43 AM
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Reporters say Baghdad too dangerous despite surge
Source: reuters

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Nearly 90 percent of U.S. journalists in Iraq say much of Baghdad is still too dangerous to visit, despite a recent drop in violence attributed to the build-up of U.S. forces, a poll released on Wednesday said.

The survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center showed that many U.S. journalists believe coverage has painted too rosy a picture of the conflict.

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President George W. Bush's so-called surge strategy to stabilize Baghdad and its environs has been credited with a fall-off in attacks on Iraqi civilians and U.S. coalition forces over the past two months.

But 87 percent of respondents said at least half of Baghdad remains too dangerous for a Western journalist to visit, with the capital's Shi'ite-dominated Sadr City enclave rated the most dangerous spot in Iraq. Eighteen percent said the entire city of Baghdad is too dangerous for travel.

Most U.S. journalists have traveled to danger spots such as Sadr City, either under the protection of private security guards or the U.S. military.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN274966...
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BenDavid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:47 AM
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1. Try telling this to O'lielly. He is such a super-patriot. NOT!
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:55 AM
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2. But wait a minute. The media these reporters work for is reporting
that things are better, safer. So what is it?

The story the media should be reporting to America is that it isn't even safe for reporters to be in Iraq. We can figure out from that how well things are going over there.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:36 AM
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6. Not to mention the American diplomats who call going over there "a death sentence"
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:55 AM
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3. The single biggest reason for the decline in civilian deaths is the muzzling of Blackwater nt
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:05 AM
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4. Now who am I supposed to believe, some reporter in Baghdad or Sean Hannity.
Seanie says the surge has worked and Democrats should just admit that they were wrong and Bush was right all along on Iraq. Now some idiot reporters thinks they know better than Seanie just because they happen to be in Baghdad and can see what is happening? The nerve! :sarcasm:
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:30 AM
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5. k & r
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:42 PM
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7. Speaking of rosy coverage, what ever happened when 10 mortars hit
the Green Zone on Thanksgiving? I saw a report that there was smoke, but never heard anything else.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:03 PM
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8. hmmmm.. and our sickening media keeps on portraying
Baghdad as recovering, give me a break huh?
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