June 29, 2004

AP's Man on the Street: Saddam's Portrait-Painter
— Ace

This has got to be one of the best bits of blog-journalism I've read so far.

The AP finds a "typical Iraqi" to tell them what they want to hear about the transfer-of-power-- it's a sham, it doesn't solve anything, etc. One would imagine the "man on the street" should be kinda-sorta representative of other men on the street.

But the AP's man is not. In fact, he's a painter who prospered under Saddam and painted numerous portraits of him. And he's previously declared that he's not so hot on the whole "end of tyranny" thing:

The conversation shifts to the impending war. Qasim says if the US attacks he will sit with his Kalashnikov and wait in his house, "because this is my home and no one will take it away from me."

I'm too bad the AP couldn't find an actual typical Iraqi they could talk to. But I guess that's a danger you risk when news organizations

[rely] on Iraqi stringers filing by telephone to our correspondents in Baghdad, and on embedding with the military. The stringers are not professional journalists, and their reports are heavy on the simplest direct observation.

The last bit from Andrew Sullivan, who manages to post a little on Iraq in between his reminiscences about Ptown. The previous link from Instapundit.

Nice work, Adeimantus.

Posted by: Ace at 10:35 PM | Comments (11)
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1 Thanks for the encouraging words, and for linking to the piece on my blog, as a pleasant consequence of which I have now discovered your fine blog.

Yes, it appears that Western news wire writers and Iraq's fashionable elites hang out at the same trendy Baghdad bars, where there's always a two-for-one special: every drink comes with a free "man-on-the-street" quote.

Posted by: Adeimantus at June 30, 2004 07:51 AM (pTn5s)

2 A lot of the so called "Iraqis" quoted by western media in their man on the street interviews, are actually Palestinians who were brought into Iraq years ago because they were known to be loyal to Saddam.

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