HOWARD KURTZ featured this comment from USA Today Baghdad correspondent Cesar Soriano:
To all the Chairborne Rangers advancing the vast 'negative media' conspiracy from the safety and comfort of their parents' basements: If you think you can do better, I've got a spare bed in the Baghdad bureau.
This reminds of the exchange between Jessep and Kaffee in the movie, "A Few Good Men".
Son, we live in a world that has wars. And those wars have to be reported by men with pen. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Mr. Chairborne Ranger? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Iraq and America and you curse the Journalists. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: That America's defeat in the War on Terror, while tragic, probably will save lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me in that hotel. You need me there. We use
words like freedom of speech, peace, objectivity...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very information I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I'd prefer you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a pen and write from the Baghadad hotel. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to.