Pass the Popcorn
Judith Weiss at Kesher Talk takes a dim view of the new New York Times documentary, Meeting Resistance
Well, to be precise, twelve self-identified Baghdadi insurgents explain what they want Bingham and Conners to tell America about what said insurgents want the roots of the insurgency to be, to justify themselves. After you enter the website, and are greeted by a breathless quote from Sidney Blumenthal and a list of all the awards the film has won, you can pass to the Director's Statement which explains that they filmed in one neighborhood of Baghdad and cherry-picked interviewees, yet in the same column they claim that their agenda-driven experience in one tiny corner of an extremely complex country tells important "truths" about the entire war and its aftermath.
The video footage was apparently taken before May, 2004.
One LGF commenter is upset the NYT is providing sympathetic treatment to people who kill journalists, possibly including their own stringers. But I'm sure the exercise will be defended as an exercise of Freedom of Speech, as part of the Search for the Truth. We will be reminded yet again that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism", and in this case means taking the viewpoint of the enemy. The argument springs to the ear ready-made. 'This courageous documentary tries to answer the toughest of questions: why do they hate us so?'. Who do you mean "us", kemo sabe?
I think that seventy years from now, if the NYT still exists, this period in its editorial history will be studied in comparison with Walter Duranty's coverage of Stalin in the 1930s, a coverage that is today widely acknowledged as providing a cover-up for the worst mass murderer in history. The NYT is not only "documenting" the Iraqi insurgency, it is documenting itself. It's laying down its bets before the roulette wheel of history.