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Burning the "Bridge to Baghdad": As War Begins, the Media Censors the Voices of Ordinary Iraqi People

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The corporate media networks have "embedded" hundreds of journalists with the US military. But they have not one with an Iraqi family.

12-time Emmy award-winning TV journalist Jon Alpert wanted to create dialogue and bring the voices of ordinary Iraqis to ordinary Americans. He traveled to Baghdad last month to set up a video conference with Iraqi students in Baghdad and American students in New York.

The American Museum of Radio and Television was sponsoring the event. But as Jon Alpert drove from Amman, Jordan on the road to Baghdad, they called him, and backed out.

Jon produced the video dialogue anyway. When he returned to the US, not one network would air his piece.

  • "Bridge to Baghdad," an excerpt.
  • Jon Alpert, veteran TV reporter and journalist, 12-time Emmy award winner, and founder of Downtown Community Television in New York City.

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