NPR’s Afghanistan Stenographers Bureau Still Open

NPR watchdog Mytwords (NPR Check, 3/28/09) would just “love to know what it costs NPR to station Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Afghanistan,” from where she dispatches to U.S. public radio such “news” as U.S.-installed Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai telling reporters “that he welcomes the increased American focus on Taliban and al-Qaeda sanctuaries in Pakistan,” that “the plan will help restore Afghans’ faith in western efforts in their country” and–in an actual soundbite from Karzai–“It’s exactly what Afghan people were hoping for and seeking, therefore it has our full support.”

Nelson also reported, “Meanwhile in the southern province of Helmand, Afghan and coalition forces killed 12 militants Friday night.”

Nelson’s report has Mytwords thinking it’s a

good thing she’s actually there and can verify what Karzai said, including that awesome, exclusive voice recording of Karzai himself speaking–wow! And it’s amazing that she was able to scoot down to Helmand province to confirm that those 12 Friday night “kills” were actually “militants.” I mean, seriously, if she weren’t actually there, I might think that she was just reading this crap on Voice of America and Stars and Stripes.