Michael Totten

Pathetic and Sad

Mainstream journalists are shockingly uninformed about what is happening in the world.
Tim Blair writes about the huge anti-terrorism demonstrations in Iraq and notes that the Washington Post’s Middle East editor – editor! – said:

I’m not sure what the demonstration was about.

Look.
I just got back from a trip to Central America. I was in the highlands of Guatemala and on a tiny primitive island off the coast of Belize that doesn’t even have any cars on it.
Over a sixteen-day period I spent less than one hour (combined) surfing the Web and following the news. And I knew about the upcoming anti-terror demonstrations in Iraq before I got home. I knew very well what they were about.
If full-time professional journalists don’t know the first thing about something so significant, how on earth can they justify their salaries?