Wow.: John Burns
uncorks. And I mean uncorks. Here’s the NYT’s Pulitzer prize-winning Burns on covering the war in Iraq and handling the Iraqi PR machine -- and handling the truth in a totalitarian society:
“If something happens to me, you will go before an American military tribunal and I wouldn't be surprised if you were shot. So you better do something to stop it."
“I would say there are serious lessons to be learned.”
“It's not impossible to tell the truth.”
“I have a conviction about closed societies, that they're actually much easier to report on than they seem, because the act of closure is itself revealing. Every lie tells you a truth. If you just leave your eyes and ears open, it's extremely revealing.”
“There is such a thing as absolute evil.”
“It's not just journalists who turned a blind eye.”
“For some reason or another, Mr. Bush chose to make his principal case on weapons of mass destruction, which is still an open case. This war could have been justified any time on the basis of human rights, alone.”
“There is corruption in our business. We need to get back to basics.”
Hub Blog’s response:
Yikes! Take your pick. My favorite is: “If something happens to me, you will go before an American military tribunal and I wouldn't be surprised if you were shot." Sounds like another reporter we know, Jules Crittenden
, who deserves a Pulitzer himself.
Thanks to Reader BK for the link.