Sunday, August 22, 2004

Vote For "My War" !

The Washington Post is having a "Best Blog 2004" Contest. Nominations have to be in by September 27th and voting begins that day. Winners will be announced October 25th.
Of course, I have nominated CB: for Most Original -and Protein Wisdom for Class Clown:
If you haven't checked this site out you should!
I may have even nominated some of you! Anyway, I thought it would be really awesome of CB won!
Here's the link:


redleg said...

just voted for CB, most original and most likely to last past the election

Tammi said...

Thanks for putting that out here!! I cross-linked and then popped over to put in my .02 worth!!!

The Oracle said...

By now, you probably know CB's blog is no more. I have sent the following e-mail to the Ombudsman at NPR:

I'm writing to complain about Eric Niiler's Aug. 24 piece about military bloggers in combat zones on Day to Day .
It's clear that the impetus for the story was the runaway popularity of a blog by a soldier in Mosul, Iraq who identified himself as "CB."
As a retired print journalist who has been following CB's blog for the last few weeks, I was angered and disturbed by Niiler's piece. Niiler obviously brought his own agenda to the story and turned it into a rant about Army persecution of bloggers.
The real story, of course, is the online public's enthusiastic response to what CB has been writing and how it's fresher and more genuine than anything we get from the mainstream media, including NPR. An honest reporter would have made that the central point of his story and explored the reasons why it is so.
As it turned out, Niiler doomed CB's blog by calling international attention to it and by divulging CB's name and unit.
I notice this morning that all of the previous content of CB's blog is gone and the name has been changed to "Over and Out."
It probably would have happened eventualy, but Niiler's story made it a certainty.
That, in my judgment, is irresponsible journalism - using and abusing a source and distorting the reality of the situation just to have a sexier story.
At the same time, I recognize that once CB's superiors became aware of his blog, they had an obligation and a responsibility to make sure it was of no value to the enemy and did not endanger our troops. In that regard, I think they are right to err on the side of caution, even if it means silencing a voice many of us have come to admire and trust.
But the fact remains that Niiler put his own spin on the story and, in so doing, undermined the credibility of NPR. This is precisely why I and thousands like me search the internet for blogs from Iraq. The mainstream media, including NPR, isn't giving us the coverage we want.