Monday, January 21, 2008
Frontline blogger covers war with soldier's eyes
A former Special Forces soldier has created a loyal following on the Web with his accounts of frontline soldiers’ daily work in Iraq. Is this journalism?
Michael Yon was not a journalist, and he wasn’t sure what a blogger was. He had been in uniform but not in combat, and he wanted to keep it that way. He went to Iraq thinking he would stay for a month, and maybe find a way to write about the war after he got home. Instead, he has spent most of the last three years in Iraq, writing prolifically and graphically, and racking up more time embedded with combat units than any other journalist, according to the United States military. He has been shot at, buffeted by explosions and seen more people maimed — fighters and civilians, adults and children — than he can count.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent"