War ‘Fixers’ Make Unembedded News, at High Cost

Afghanistan writer Ann Jones has an essay on TomDispatch (7/16/09) in which she calls The Fixer “the best documentary I’ve seen on Afghanistan–so good it’s hard to imagine a better one.” Her description of a scene she found particularly moving demonstrates the harsh reality of unembedded reporting, begetting a corporate media output that merits her headline, “Everything That Happens in Afghanistan Is Based on Lies or Illusions”: It is 2006, late in the year. A reporter stands on a rocky hillside near the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan and points a wobbly camera at dark-clad gunmen ranged at a […]