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Iraq & Afghan Wars: Just Give Me Some Truth

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When it comes to the media and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- as in many things -- John Lennon put it best:

"I'm sick and tired of hearing things/From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics/All I want is the truth/Just gimme some truth"

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To my surprise, I finally got some truth about the war in Iraq from the New York Times this week.

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Given the abysmal cheerleading that has largely marked mainstream media coverage of that misbegotten adventure since its inception -- and the Paper of Record has certainly been no exception -- it was even more surprising that the truth came from Alissa J. Rubin, a leading member of what NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel recently dubbed "the Baghdad class of 2003."

The occasion should be duly noted and even lauded.

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Writing in this Sunday's Week in Review section, Rubin began by noting,

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Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor writes the 'Media Is A Plural' blog, accessible at

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