Daily Archives: October 28, 2008

Correspondence with New York Times Reporter Damien Cave

do you trust this man?

do you trust this man?

After reading and commenting on this article in the New York Times I wrote to Damien Cave, the author of the piece.

I have a love-hate relationship with reporters, I love to debate and challenge them and prod them for information. Most tend to be really interesting because no matter whether they agree with you or not, or put something positive about you in a newspaper or tv or radio spot, they have access to all sorts of information you wouldn’t otherwise have. If its an amicable relationship they can tip you off, on things like police raids.

I hate being in a position where feel forced to respect them by virtue of their position or pander to them. Seriously, many are very needy people.

I appreciate the fact that this guy took time out of his day to talk to me, albeit probably on a Blackberry. On the other hand I think this is a little bit of yesterday’s column A, shoddy reporting, and a little out of column B, media blackout.

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New York Times Ignores Anti-War Vets

At best this article is poorly written. At worst, its the latest symptom of a media blackout.

The article finds space to mention “Pro-Victory” and “Pro-Mission” group Vets for Freedom, who’s board members include two members of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Director of Homeland Security for Military-Industrial Complex favorite, General Dynamics.

Yet it does not mention once Iraq Veterans Against the War.

IVAW is not only against the war, they are for pulling US troops out of Iraq immediately, a position the New York Times cannot find a single vet to make for the article. They have also been subject to obscene police brutality, most recently at the last Presidential Debate at Hofstra University in Hemptead, NY.

I am already suspect of the way political campaigns operate, in their advertising, television and ground organizing techniques, but his exchange in the article is just creepy. Carter and Finan are veterans who have been integrated into the Obama campaign.

Mr. Nickloy agreed. Mr. Finan stepped forward. “I think the Iraqis have gotten comfortable with us being there,” he said. (“That’s what I hear,” Mr. Nickloy interjected.) “And we’re not going to baby-sit them forever.”

Mr. Nickloy squinted, as if assessing a new hire. “What do you think about Afghanistan?” he asked. “Should we be there more?”

“Yeah,” Mr. Finan said. “Definitely.”

The conversation continued, turning from war to sports. Mr. Carter and Mr. Finan walked away unsure of whether they had won Mr. Nickloy over. But they said they trusted the message would slowly sink in. “It’s like a foot patrol,” Mr. Carter said. “It’s hearts and minds.

I’ll leave you with that.