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Friday, April 08, 2005

School's Out Forever

Tht right has been complaining the the liberal media is always highlighting negative news stories in Iraq. Well, sometimes No News Is Good News:
The Army's Stryker Brigade -- equipped with vehicles that have been criticized for bad design and components that don't work -- organized an event of the type the Pentagon says it wants the media to cover more often.

Seems the unit transported an embedded reporter to a site "where school supplies were to be handed out to needy students," according to the Dec. 21 restricted "Official Use Only" report for the Center for Army Lessons Learned.

An excellent idea, but when they arrived at the school, the unit was "surprised to find that no schoolchildren were present and that an Iraqi family was homesteading in the building," the report said. What's more, "the Iraqi police were unwilling to remove the family and no school supplies" could be issued because the children were now here to be found.

Could there be a silver lining to this dark cloud? Yes. The media come to the rescue!

"Fortunately," the Army folks said in their report, "the reporter elected not to cover the event, which could have made us look bad, since we didn't know what was going on with the school after we funded its construction." The reporter, who was not named, "understood what had happened and had other good coverage to use . . . rather than airing any of this event.

You know, embedding reporters was such a good idea. It is so much better than a free independant press poking its nose around where it's not welcome.

(Via Sploid)