[thechat] reporter fired for reporting

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Mon Mar 31 17:49:42 CST 2003

On Mon, 31 Mar 2003, Hugh Blair wrote:

> Note: "not even allowed to use satellite phones."
> This is a black and white statement, and is false.
> > No, just incomplete
> > http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/68/30011.html
> >From your source:
> "U.S. military commanders in Iraq have banned the use of certain
> satellite phones carried by journalists..."
> See the word "certain"?

Yes, that's what I was pointing out. Incomplete. Not the full picture, but
with a strong element of truth.

> data to the United States."..." Iridium handsets are used by the U.S.
> military. (With additional reporting by Eric Auchard)"
> > Some sat phones are being prohibited.
> Then don't say "not even allowed to use satellite phones." if
> that's not the case.

Prohibited, 'not allowed'. Same thing.

Some, all - over-generalised coverage. What I said.

Note that I was qualifying Erik's statement, not repeating it. I think you
missed that.

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