Old media leaves Iraq as they found it–happily ignoring the big stories that don’t fit their template. Until 2003, this meant spinning cheerfully for Saddam Hussein–and in at least one network’s case complicit in covering up his crimes. Today, this means ignoring the progress occurring as Iraq makes continued strides towards becoming, as Mark Steyn recently put it, “the least-worst state in that part of the world.”
That’s going to increasingly leave the coverage of that fragile young democracy to new media professionals such as J.D. Johannes, whose name and coverage of Iraq was last seen being tossed into the memory hole by old media journalist Paul Mulshine in the Wall Street Journal.
Update: Related thoughts from Andrew Breitbart and John Nolte, here.