Thursday, September 10, 2009
coverage of the British raid in Afghanistan to free a NYT reporter held by the Taliban.
In the print edition, the front page tease for the story which is on A11 reads "A New York Times reporter held by the Taliban is rescued by troops from his native Britain, but his Afghan interpreter is killed".
On the Post web site, the link for the story reads "Afghans Angry Over Death of Interpreter in Raid That Rescued N.Y. Times Reporter".
The lead of the story itself "The dramatic rescue of New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, a British-born journalist who was plucked unharmed from a Taliban hideout in a pre-dawn raid Wednesday by British special forces, was greeted with relief by his colleagues and co-workers in Afghanistan. But the relief was overshadowed by grief and anger among many Afghan journalists and others over the death of Farrell's Afghan interpreter, Sultan Munadi, who was shot dead in a firefight during the raid and whose body was left behind while the commandos whisked Farrell to safety".
Note the common thread: it is all about the NYT reporter and the Afghan interpreter who worked for the NYT.
The Post story then manages to work in references to the air raid last week that, along with a bunch of Taliban, killed some number of so-called civilians who were in the vicinity.
Oh... and then the Post gets around to mentioning that a British paratrooper was killed in the raid to rescue the reporter. The soldier risked - and lost - his life to save a reporter... and the Post doesn't rate it worthy of note until after they've addressed the 'real' news.
So let's look at the pecking order: NYT reporter... Afghan interpreter... Afghan 'tensions'... dead soldier.
And what makes the whole thing worse is that the reporter was there covering the aftermath of the above-mentioned air raid... and no doubt with the intention of coming up with whatever he could that would make the military look bad. That is the type of person the British paratrooper lost his life saving. If it were up to me, the paratrooper would be alive and the reporter not so much.