Thursday, May 11, 2006

Breaking News: The Oregonian's David Reinhard Has Landed In Iraq


Not content to copy and paste other people’s work, David Reinhard has gone to Iraq to see for himself what the situation is there. I’m reading it now in his column called “On the Ground in Bagdhad: How Goes the Battle?” in today’s Oregonian. You have to admire the guy. An associate editor doesn’t have to take chances like this. Wait, the first quarter of the piece is the words of someone else about the situation. And it’s not even one of our guys. David’s quoting from Al-Qaida. Wow, not content to stay in the Green Zone, Dave has actually gone undercover here. Does anyone else smell another Pulitzer? Wait, there’s more: In the second half of the column, Dave quotes extensively from one of those generals who appears on TV all the time: General Barry McCaffrey. And the general says, “This is simply a brilliant success story.” Gee, not even Rumsfeld goes that far.
The important thing is that Dave had the courage to take his computer and his TV set to Iraq. But if he's really on the ground in Bagdhad, you would think he'd include some of his own observations. Oh well. Good luck while you’re there, sir, and hurry home. I bet that desk will look pretty good after what you’ve been through. Oh, and if they gave medals for copying and pasting, you’d get the Congressional Medal of Honor.


On the ground in Baghdad: How goes the battle?

7 Comments:

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Davey... too scared to actually GO to Baghdad, so he files from his custom fake leather Barco-lounger high atop Big O HQ on Broadway.

Poor Davey... more than 1000 Iraqis were slaughtered and tortured and dumped on the streets of his beloved city just last month!

That's more murders PER DAY than Portland has in a whole year! Saddam says wow, even I didn't kill that many people.

But Davey's darling daughter may be heading for Canada soon once that DRAFT comes blowing through because after all, once the Pentagon is reduced to recruiting AUTISTIC kids, well, the war is lost, no matter what the chickenhawks say.

 
At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I'm guessing that Peter Bhatia never responded to your generous offer of help.

His loss ...

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Peter Bhatia grew up in Pullman, Washington with one of my best friends, Charlie Butts, who was in the band that formed in college and moved up to Portland. I have been applying to media outlets in this town for years - I don't find applying for jobs to be demeaning. If anything it's a fun hobby that gives you a chance to brag. Although Peter Bhatia did not reply to this particular application, he has several times in the past, and is in my opinion a class act and a credit to the newspaper and Portland.

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

That should read Charlie was in "my band that formed in college and moved up to Portland."

 
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