Roger L. Simon

Another Break in the Ranks

Normblog has some interesting excerpts from a Bartle Bull subscription-only article in Prospect Magazine. Mr. Bull reported on Iraq for The New York Times. Highlight (note: no “money graph”):

The failure of “hotel journalism” might be forgivable if it were truly about prudence or even laziness. But there has been something wilful about the bad reporting of this story. It is weirdly personal: Iraq must fail. It is in fact the press that failed, on a scale for which I cannot think of a precedent. Will the big media outlets demand the same accountability of themselves that they demand of everyone else? They should, for the success of these elections was not so surprising to those who dug below the surface of Iraq.

UPDATE: Don’t miss the superb post by Brown Line in the comments!