three cheers to gettleman and his ilk

I am on record as being very critical of Jeffrey Gettleman, the New York Times bureau chief for eastern Africa. His sensational reporting from the region has oftentimes painted a one dimensional picture of events and portrayed east Africans as irrational and passive beings at the mercy of fate, and their sadistic rulers. That said, Mr. Gettleman and others who share in his bravery remain the only sources of somewhat credible news reports from  crazy places such as Somalia and eastern DR Congo. Listening to him on Fresh Air today reminded me that even though I may not agree with his presentation style, Mr. Gettleman is doing a brave job of reminding the world of the many evils that still define some people’s lived reality.

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2 thoughts on “three cheers to gettleman and his ilk

  1. i think you are yourself edging toward the danger of one-dimensionality in your characterization of Somalia and Eastern DRC as “crazy places”, don’t you think?

    see “what you never see…” from @Texas in Africa today…

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  2. Haha. Guilty as charged. Although, I don’t think that on aggregate most people would disagree that war torn places are “crazy places,” colloquially speaking.

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