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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Peggy Noonan gives advice to CBS

She has a whole column of good advice, but I think this bit is the most important:

Then open it up--trust your correspondents in the field. Let them tell you the story. Don't tell them what the story is from New York, after you've read the Times and the Washington Post. Let them tell you the story. Let them be our eyes. What really happened today in Iraq, what are U.S.soldiers doing, what's the mood in the green zone among people who've been there a while? What are they selling in the local candy store in Tikrit, what are young men doing for jobs, what are mothers making for dinner, what's available to put in the pot, how are the schools going, is it usual for an 8-year-old girl to go to school each day or has that gone by the boards because of war? What do American soldiers think of what Americans back home think of the war, what is their impression of our impression? What does a 'letter from home' look like now? Is it a DVD? What is it like to live in a place where everything's been fine and calm for 10 days and you know you've turned a corner and just as you're thinking this there's an explosion 10 blocks away and suddenly you hear sirens and people are cowering in doorways?
This is the sort of news that would matter, and it's all too lacking in television news today. Television still has more power than any other medium, especially to convey emotions and connect people.


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