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Plaid Adder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:27 AM
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An Open Letter To The Mainstream Media
Edited on Tue May-17-05 09:31 AM by Plaid Adder
Dear Mainstream Media,

Hello. I am the Plaid Adder. I am one of those people who posts stuff on the internet under an assumed name. Unlike "Jeff Gannon," however, I am not under the mistaken impression that I am a real journalist. I am a lunatic with internet access. I've always been ready to admit that. And it's because I don't work for a 'legitimate,' branded, American media outlet that it drives me absolutely fucking NUTS to see you people CAVE to this bullshit administration!

I meant to maintain the tone of civil disagreement a little longer, but GOD DAMN! What the hell are we going to do when there is no longer a single recognized media outlet in this country willing and able to stand up to this administration's bullying? What is it exactly that you people are afraid the administration is going to do to you? Throw you out of the White House briefing room? For God's sake, if they want to throw you out let them do it--what the hell use are those briefings anyway, except to get the lies du jour dished out for you on a hot plate? Are you afraid they'll cut off your access to administration sources? Well, if the administration sources are going to set you up and knock you over every time you talk to them, maybe you're better off WITHOUT access to these doublecrossing bastards. Hey, have you ever thought that maybe you'd get more accurate information about what this administration is up to if you interviewed some people who WEREN'T on the Bush payroll? Are you afraid the conservatives are going to cancel their subscriptions if Scott McClellan yells at you? Honey, they'll do it anyway as soon as you print anything that takes the halo off from George W's head. Or are you really afraid they're going to put you in jail for sedition? That's not the way it works at this stage in the evolution of a dictatorship--it's too important to them to maintain the illusion of a free press.

WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? What have you got to lose by standing by a report that after all only relays a piece of information that has been in the public domain since 2003? Do you _really_ think that the average Afghani is making his decision about whether to participate or resist based on your reporting? May I remind you--and remind the assholes in this administration while I'm at it--that in the rest of the world, people get much of their news from outside the American mainstream media? The Koran-flushing story could have got to them from a dozen different directions long before you ever mentioned it, and even if you take Scotty's advice and completely transform yourself into a helpful conduit for the Bush administration's PR, that will not have a meaningful effect on America's image abroad.

You see, America's image abroad has already been irrevocably destroyed by America's actions. Self-censoring so that you only tell the happiest of stories about America's actions abroad only convinces those who have been affected by those actions that you're all a bunch of lying cowardly administration bootlickers. Which accomplishes what, exactly?

Repair America's image abroad. That's a good one, Scott. Nobody on God's earth could repair America's image abroad after the job George W. Bush and co have done on it. And Rumsfeld sputtering about how "people are dying"? For CHRIST'S SAKE! This is the guy who responded to questions about massive looting after the fall of Baghdad with "freedom is untidy." This is the guy who unleashed "Shock and Awe," whose military doesn't count civilian casualties, and who, most unbelievable of all, unleashed bloody anarchy all over the country he invaded because he DID NOT PLAN FOR THE INVASION PHASE. Now all of a sudden Rumsfeld cares about human life? BULL SHIT!

Look, if you people have decided that you can't print anything critical of the administration because it's too dangerous, why don't you just quit? Just run blank pages and advertising from now till the end of the War On Terror. The War On Terror will never end, of course, which means you will never be able to go back to reporting--but what do you care? Not paying correspondents, editors, typesetters, or photographers will save you all a lot of money and increase your profit margins, which is apparently all you care about. OK, if you don't think people will buy a blank magazine, why don't you just bring in Jeff Gannon to write all your copy? He works for free!

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Look, I'm not a real journalist. I don't have the time or the skills or the experience to be one. Neither do most bloggers, really. That's why WE NEED YOU. We need people whose job it is to find out what is really happening and report on it. Not what the administration SAYS is really happening, but what actually IS happening. You people are placed to do that, and you're placed so that people will actually believe what you say. And what are you doing? Rolling over. "Thank you, Mr. Rove, may I have another?" BAD MEDIA! NO BISCUIT!

I don't know why it's so hard for people to understand: you DO NOT EVER CONCEDE TO THIS ADMINISTRATION. As soon as they smell weakness, you're gonna get run over with a tank. CBS...*vroom*. Newsweek...*vroom.* PBS...*vroom*. Doesn't it bother you to see everyone else going under the tank treads? Don't you even want, just a little bit, to fight back, even if it only delays the inevitable?

Sigh.

Well, there it is. You have abandoned us. We are also abandoning you. In the end, the only people reading you will be Bush's staffers and his worshippers. The rest of us will be reading the Canadian, British, and Australian media--or anywhere else we speak the language. This is the era of the world wide web, and we don't have to buy your crap.

Enjoy your bootlicking,

The Plaid Adder
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:32 AM
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1. Rant recommended and kicked

I suggest we all forward to our favorite media whore(s).
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:34 AM
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2. and dittoed.
:kick:
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:36 AM
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3. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
So true.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:37 AM
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4. Great rant recommended
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:37 AM
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5. dupe
Edited on Tue May-17-05 09:37 AM by Vincardog
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ihaveaquestion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:37 AM
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6. Recommended and Forwarded to Mom...
who will forward to most of the Castro! :toast:
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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:48 AM
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7. excellent rant
:applause:
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:56 AM
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8. Good for you! Written like a real Journalist!
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Cash Donating Member (146 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:57 AM
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9. To whom will the MSM sell?
The right-wing has already written off the MSM years ago as being too liberal. Now the left-wing is writing them off. Who will they get to buy their product?
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:58 AM
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10. Very well put as always Plaidder.
I would only add, that the problem can be traced to the executive offices in the cable and broadcast media, not the press room. The press room no longer has real journalists, but handsome actors who pretend to be anchors and reporters because they were placed there by the executives. That goes for the print media also to a lesser degree, but the Rove White House is replacing the real journalists one by one, with Jeff Gannon clones, ready to spout the propaganda, Karl Rove feeds to them and the executives are bending over and complying.
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Pathwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 09:59 AM
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11. Recommended for Greatest.
Edited on Tue May-17-05 10:02 AM by Notorious Bohemian
Thank you, Plaid Adder for saying so well what so many of us feel.

:yourock:
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:01 AM
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12. Thank you!
:kick:
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Protagoras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:02 AM
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13. Fantastically true
only problem is the msm won't touch it. Sick, sad, wrong...it's exactly what they all need to see, hear, and accept.

Nominated of course.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:06 AM
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14. The only reason I'm not calling
bullshit on this one is because you used the term journalist rather than writer. You may not be a "journalist" in the strictest sense but you are a stellar writer, far outclassing so many who write for the corporate media. Oh, and, you ain't no lunatic, either!

As far as the rest of this fine little rant. Fabulous. But then, you're The Plaid Adder, what else would we expect?
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:09 AM
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15. George Soros and other rich dems - are you READING THIS?
Start it up. Start the channel of our dreams up - one that takes NO prisoners and exposes these fuckwits for what they are: war criminals, liars, murderers and oilfest destiny champions. We're sick of the corporate-owned, timid deer Rove-bitches our media has become. We can't do it because we ain't got the start-up cash. We're doing all we can on this and other great sites, but we gotta reach everyone worldwide. The reach has to be greater - this cannot stand. This cannot continue even one more day. Start up a channel that doesn't care who's running things. Start up a channel that doesn't care about privileged connections or Skull n Bones or fat slob political string-pullers. START IT UP!!

Great post, BTW.
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:18 AM
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16. Great rant and recommended. Once again, Plaid Adder,
you've hit the nail on the head. If these "news media" assholes don't wake up soon the perils of this country will rest on their heads. Almost on a daily basis their actions or inactions just stun me. Where are the old fashioned balls the press used to have? sigh
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:28 AM
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17. Recommended, kicked AND
Applauded.
:woohoo: :applause: :applause: :woohoo: :applause: :applause: :woohoo:
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:38 AM
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18. I love your writing and you are one of the best here but I must admit
I quit reading after the first paragraph. I read this line and quit reading further

"absolutely fucking NUTS to see you people CAVE to this bullshit administration!"

This was advertised as an open letter to the Media and while I always agree with your sentiments I disagree with your language. You will lose credebility immediately and I would bet like me they will not read further. You can do much better I know because I have read a lot of your stuff. just my $.02 worth.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 11:09 AM
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21. Sensitive to the trivial profanities, but numb to the outrage.
That's the way the Bush Administration wants you to be. That is part of their strategy.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 11:18 AM
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22. You must not have read my post
I said I share the sentiment entirely I just want maximum effect. If we turn them off immediately what have we accomplished. We are better than that. Those trivialities now cost broadcasters hundreds of thousands of dollars. These people take stuff like that serious.
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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 02:17 PM
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28. You said you quit reading after the first paragraph,
so how do you know if you share the sentiment?

By the way, having worked in newsrooms, I can tell you they most definitely can blister the paint at 40 yards themselves. Pretty raw language in most of 'em.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 04:53 PM
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31. What a shock... not
Am I correct in the impression that that is as true for newsrooms as it is for factories?
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 04:52 PM
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30. Um, your post was MOST clear
Was PA's letter for publication in print? No. It was a letter TO those who print. That's a vast difference.

Prudishness is part of the overall NeoCon strategy; it is broader than simple language. The same mindset which would condemn language, for example, is also the same mindset that gets twisted up by the exposure of Janet Jackson's Jug, gay marriage, and so on.

How very odd, that a progressive would be offended by the use of vulgar colloquialisms when one is expressing very real and justified anger.

They'll read it all, despite the language. At least, being journalists, I would hope they would. If their skin is so thin as to be offended by language, they have no place being in journalism in the first place.

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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:50 AM
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19. BLAST THIS TO THE MSM...
...is the mediablaster thingy still operational?
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 10:59 AM
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20. Back during the Bush Sr. administration
I heard a former NPR reporter say that interviewers gave administration officials softball questions because they refused to appear with anyone who asked hardball questions. If a reporter dared not act deferential, the White House would cut off all further access to that news outlet.

Even back then I thought, "Why don't the reporters just call it like they see it, and if the administration officials refuse to appear, say to the public, 'We wanted you to hear the administration's side of the story, but they have refused to send any spokespersons to our program because we ask tough questions.'?" In other words, they should tell the truth.

The Republicans are where they are today because the press fell down on its job and because many Democrats thought it was more important to be palsy-walsy with the Republicans than to protect the common people.

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Ysolde Donating Member (368 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 11:32 AM
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23. Recommended!
I live in a Red State where we have no access to anything other than bootlicking, fawning "media". I would go insane without DU and so many other sites out here. Believe it or not, there are a lot of Progressives in Red States, but they have no voice, nor visibility, and they suffer in silence, thinking they are alone. The MSM sold us out a long time ago and we're just now recognizing it.

Plaid Adder, you are indeed a good writer. And, don't let nitpickers complaining about your language to dissuade you, either. You show passion and that's completely necessary in this bland, offend no one, world. I love DU and really appreciate all of the interplay here.

Thanks so much for being part of my "media"! :yourock:
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 11:52 AM
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24. Word.
Excellent rant. Excellent points made.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 12:01 PM
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25. Kick ass rant!
Just outstanding! You put all my frustrations into a very tidy package>
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 12:07 PM
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26. That's about the long and short of it
Edited on Tue May-17-05 12:08 PM by depakid
TV "news" viewership is down- and trending even further downward. Newpapers like the LA Times are hemmoraging circulation... and it's no big secret why.

People are tired of being lied to- and they're tired of slanted copy. It's as simple as that.

Take my daily "newspaper" The Oregonian. I don't bother to read it unless maybe I find a copy sitting there on the train.

In one of my classes fall term, a student mentioned that they printed some bullshit article touting "abstinance only" education- this pissed her off because she'd actually done a research paper on it- and knew damn well that the so called "journalist" was simply regurgitating Republican talking points. As in- demonstrably false statements of fact.

The professor just rolled his eyes and said- don't worry too much about it- no one reads the Oregonian anymore! LOL. True story....

And to top it off- that sorry ass paper got scooped by a little alternative named Willamette Week- and its reporter won the Pulitzer Prize in the process!
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 02:09 PM
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27. kick n/r
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-05 04:34 PM
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29. For some it's fear, for others it's greed or ego. The fascist thug cartel
knows the number of each guy. I also have no doubt that the neocon network has been busily setting up a blackmail network for a long time.

Keith Olbermann, at least, has been daring to speak out. Very strong language in last night's blog entry:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Thread title: "Keith Olbermann calls for little Scotty McClellan's resignation"

And two good segments on his show:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Thread title: Olbermann: an honest report on the Newsweek retraction - (VIDEO)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Thread title: Olbermann: Memo shows "Fixed Intel" and "pre-war plots" - (VIDEO)
(Interview with Rep. Louise Slaughter)

It's a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed, but at least one of them still has SOME integrity and hasn't been pushed off TV or assassinated yet. (Though there are apparently plans to remove him from prime time.)

Well said, PA. Unfortunately, it's all true.
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Tigress DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 12:16 AM
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32. Plaiddy, I love you but....
Some of them may truly be afraid. I agree there needs to be a courageous media presence, but let's recognize facts, this administration is poised to be deadly and whistleblowers get prosecuted or silenced some other way. I still believe in your call to the media to tell the truth, but don't belittle what danger they are facing. It isn't fair to those who have died trying to get the truth to us and those who are still being detained.

Reporters Without Boarders is where you can find a lot of information.


JOURNALISTS KILLED
Name Nationality/Media outlet Date
1 Paul Moran Australian/ABC 22 March 2003
2 Terry Lloyd British/ ITN 23 March 2003
3 Kaveh Golestan Iranian/BBC 2 April 2003
4 Michael Kelly American/Washington Post 4 April 2003
5 Christian Liebig German/Focus 7 April 2003
6 Julio Anguita Parrado Spanish/El Mundo 7 April 2003
7 Tarek Ayoub Jordanian/Al-Jazeera 8 April 2003
8 Taras Protsyuk Ukrainian/Reuters 8 April 2003
9 Jos Couso Spanish/Telecinco 8 April 2003
10 Ahmad Karim Iraqi/Kurdistan Satellite TV 2 July 2003
11 Mazen Dana Palestinian/Reuters 17 August 2003
12 Ahmed Shawkat Iraqi/Bila Ittijah 28 October 2003
13 Ali Al-Khatib Iraqi/Al-Arabiya 19 March 2004
14 Ali Abdel-Aziz Iraqi/Al-Arabiya 18 March 2004
15 Nadia Nasrat Iraqi/Diyala 18 March 2004
16 Burhan al-Louhaybi Iraqi/ABC News 26 March 2004
17 Assad Kadhim Iraqi/Al-Iraqiya 19 April 2004
18 Waldemar Milewicz Polish/TVP 7 May 2004
19 Mounir Bouamrane Algerian/TVP 7 May 2004
20 Kotaro Ogawa Japanese/freelance 27 May 2004
21 Shinsuke Hashida Japanese/freelance 27 May 2004
22 Sahar Saad Muami Iraqi/Al-Mizan 3 June 2004
23 Hossam Ali Iraqi/freelance 15 August 2004
24 Mahmud Abbas Iraqi/ZDF 15 August 2004
25 Enzo Baldoni Italian/Diario della Settimana 26 August 2004
26 Mazen al-Tomaizi Palestinian/Al-Arabiya 12 September 2004
27 Ahmad Jassem Iraqi/Al-Iraqiya 7 October 2004
28 Dina Hassan Iraqi/Al-Hurriya 14 October 2004
29 Karam Hussein Iraqi/EPA 14 October 2004
30 Liqaa Abdul-Razzak Iraqi/Al-Iraqiya 27 October 2004
31 Dhia Najim Iraqi/Reuters 1 November 2004
32 Abdel Hussein Khazaal Iraqi/Al-Hurra 9 February 2005
33 Raeda Wazzan Iraqi/Al-Iraqiya 25 February 2005
34 Laik Ibrahim Iraqi/Kurdistan Satellite TV 10 March 2005
35 Hussam Hilal Sarsam Iraqi/Kurdistan Satellite TV 14 March 2005
36 Ahmed Jabbar Hashim Iraqi/Al Sabah 1 April 2005
37 Shamal Abdallah Assad Iraqi/Kurdistan Satellite TV 15 April 2005
38 Ali Abrahim Aissa Iraqi/Al-Hurriya 14 April 2005
39 Fadel Hazem Fadel Iraqi/Al-Hurriya 14 April 2005
40 Saleh Ibrahim Iraqi/AP 23 April 2005


MEDIA ASSISTANTS KILLED
Name Nationality/Media outlet Date
1 Hussein Osman Lebanese/ITN 22 March 2003
2 Kamaran Muhamed Iraqi/BBC 6 April 2003
3 Jeremy Little American/NBC 7 July 2003
4 Yasser Khatab Iraqi/CNN 27 January 2004
5 Duraid Isa Mohammed Iraqi/CNN 27 January 2004
6 Mohamad Ahmad Iraqi/Diyala TV 18 March 2004
7 Majid Rashid Iraqi/Diyala TV 18 March 2004
8 Omar Hashim Kamal Iraqi/Time 26 March 2004
9 Hussein Saleh Iraqi/Al-Iraqiya 19 April 2004
10 Rashid Hamid Wali Iraqi/Al-Jazeera 21 May 2004
11 (unknown) Iraqi (local media) 25 May 2004
12 (unknown) Iraqi (local media) 27 May 2004
13 Samia Abdeljabar Iraqi/Al-Sabah Al-Jadid 29 May 2004
14 Mahmud Ismail Daud Iraqi/Al-Sabah Al-Jadid 29 May 2004
15 Jamal Tawfiq Salmane American/Gazeta Wyborcza 25 August 2004
16 Ismail Taher Mohsin Iraqi/AP 2 September 2004
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