President [sic] Bush announced today that there was Freedom of Press in Iraq! Does that mean that I can now embed over there -- even though I am a Progressive? Yeah right.
For weeks now, I have been having trouble embedding in Iraq as a reporter for OpEd News. Why was I turned down? Apparently the higher-ups at CentCom MediaEmbed in Baghdad didn't want me over there because I was too Progressive. Rats. So much for freedom of the press.
Then Caleb Schaber, editor of the Northern Nevada News Wire, e-mailed me and said that he also had met with that problem. "You need a Senator to contact the Pentagon, not MNFI. Senator Reid faxed the Pentagon's top office for embeds, they called me in Afghanistan, then they e-mailed MNFI, and then I got the embed. You need to describe in detail for your senator what the problem is. And you might be OK."
So I called Senator Boxer's office. They were sympathetic and asked me to send them a fax. However, President [sic] Bush made all that unnecessary this morning with his announcement at the G-8 Summit that there was now "freedom of the press" in Iraq! Thanks, George. I'm glad you decided to change your policy. Now I can go to Iraq!
PS: Schaber also told me, "Jane, please realize that you might die here in Iraq. I heard that over 40 journalists have been killed." Does that sound like freedom of the press? No! Bush has a lot of work to do if he doesn't want to appear to be -- er -- lying (again).
Stillwater is a freelance writer who hates injustice and corruption in any form but especially injustice and corruption paid for by American taxpayers. She has recently published a book entitled, "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips For Touring Today's Middle East". According to Ms. Stillwater, "It's a fabulous and entertaining book. I loved writing it. And I hope that you will love reading it too." It's available at http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Own-Flak-Jacket/dp/0978615719 or you can special order it at any independent bookstore.