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Reuters Webcast at 6PM EDT on Media Coverage of Iraq

Reuters is hosting a panel discussion and open debate on the media's coverage of the Iraq War and there are some distinguished names participating. Join in and see the Webcast at the link below tonight at 6:00 EDT:

Reuters Webcast--> Iraq: Is the media telling the real story?

Welcome to the web coverage of the Reuters Iraq Newsmaker debate. This multimedia package includes a live webcast of the panel discussion, real-time blogging from around the world, a live chat, and related news. Please explore the entire experience as the panel addresses these issues: How accurately does the media tell the Iraq story? Can the media reflect reality, given the dangers and constraints? Is the agenda dominated by bad news? Do the Arab and Western media tell different stories?

Panelists include:

  • James Taranto, OpinionJournal.com, Editor
  • Roger Cohen, New York Times, Writer
  • LTC Steven A. Boylan, US Army, Strategic Communications Chief
  • Alastair Macdonald, Reuters, Iraq Bureau Chief
  • Paul Holmes, Reuters, Editor
  • Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, The Guardian, Photojournalist
  • Zaki Chehab, Al Hayat, Political Editor

Hopefully, there will be an open Q&A session between the panel and the floor. It will be an interesting exchange regardless, and perhaps enlightening.

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Here is a recap of the panel from Reuters:

U.S. media coverage of Iraq is too polarized between "good news" and "bad news" and all sides are missing out on a complete picture, participants in a panel discussion organized by Reuters said on Wednesday.

That was one of the few points of agreement between journalists, a professional blogger and a U.S. military spokesman gathered in New York to discuss media in Iraq.

"If you write a 'good news' story from Iraq you are immediately identified as an apologist for the administration ... and if you write something critical then you're in the other camp," said Roger Cohen, a columnist for the International Herald Tribune who was recently in Iraq.

Cohen said both traditional U.S. media and Internet journals, or blogs, tended to fall into the trap of following a certain line. "Most of the time you read the first paragraph, you look at the byline and you know exactly where it's going."

Source: Reuters