Thursday, November 01, 2007

Open Thread

Hear something on NPR that you have to comment on? This is the place.


Porter Melmoth said...

I heard word that Pvt. Garrels gave a defensive defense of her 'renegade' torture people story and why she thought she was doing her job correctly. Haven't heard it yet. Get ready for a tongue-lashing.

Porter Melmoth said...

Here's the address of Garrels' 'explanation', partnered with Inskeep:

Predictably, I thought it was lame.
Clear backpedaling. She says a whole list of things that, if she'd said them along with her report, the controversy would have been diminished. Then she gets defensive about what journalism should be, but it's apparent that she practices her own version of it.
Clearly annoyed, Garrels also spoke somewhat haltingly. I think that she relies on her authoritative tone and tough-sounding persona to do much of the heavy lifting in her reports, and in this case especially, the substance is thin. To me her substance sounds like she's a publicist for Bush-oriented causes, if not a propagandist, and she's been found out, because she went a little too far.

Mytwords, your letter wasn't read on the air, but similar letters were.