WRL: Reporting Afghanistan and the secret service blog

1. ‘Bill-and-Bob’, who describes himself as a ‘citizen soldier with 26 years of service’, comments on US media coverage of the war in Afghanistan:

“Wars are expensive. The war became tedious on television news and the sensationalization of the American death toll became a daily litany that constantly reminded the American public that we were decisively engaged in a protracted effort. The initial love affair between the press and the military, expressed through embedded reporting, was brief. The reporting, of dubious quality in many cases, trickled off; and there were altercations. Reporters don’t like OPSEC.”

2. According to Alejandro Ribo Labastida of the Oxford Internet Institute, this is a blog written by members of The Shin Bet, the Israeli secret service. The BBC reported on the blog in March.