Iraq Army success in Sadr City: true or false?

Summary:  One of the great themes of US coverage of the Iraq War is the conflicting -- often directly contradictory -- news coverage.  As a result, everyone gets to pick the facts they like.  Today's example:  weapons seized by Iraq government forces in Sadr City.  This post examines both stories and finds that one version appears … Continue reading Iraq Army success in Sadr City: true or false?

Some comments by Bill Roggio, Editor of the Long War Journal

Bill Roggio, Editor of the Long War Journal, generously replied to my posts about his recent reports concerning events in Basra. See his bio here. Comment #1 I certainly appreciate the attention you’ve given me for the Basrah reporting. I do think you are drawing the wrong conclusions to my reports. I am surprised you … Continue reading Some comments by Bill Roggio, Editor of the Long War Journal

Basra, a test case: war blogger’s vs. experts

(#9 in a series)  Current events in Basra provide a test case to compare the accuracy of the war bloggers vs. that of conventional experts.  This post shows of a prominent war blogger, Bill Roggio (Editor of the Long War Journal (LWJ); see his bio here).  The following post looks at the views of several experts. Update:   … Continue reading Basra, a test case: war blogger’s vs. experts

Evidence of the war bloggers’ growing influence

(#8 in a series)  One frequent response to my series on War Bloggers is that are a minor phenomenon, especially compared to the mainstream media.  First that ignores the increasing prominence of the war bloggers.  Second, this ignores their increasing role in the mainstream media - NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and now this -- … Continue reading Evidence of the war bloggers’ growing influence

War porn

A fascinating development of the Iraq War are the "war bloggers", like Michael Yon and Bill Roggio, providing disintermediated news -- non-journalists reporting directly from Iraq.  Free from the commercial and political entanglements of the major media, war bloggers can precisely target their audience.  Many of them report events using the narrative that brought Tom Clancy fame and fortune.  It … Continue reading War porn