Media Things

by Joshua Foust on 3/31/2011 · 2 comments

I accomplished something very rare: taping segments on Fox News and Democracy Now in a single week. The first is directly related to this site, as it’s tied in with the “kill team” photo extravaganza:

The second is not directly related to this site, though it does discuss the growing problems the U.S. policy establishment has confronting the many uprisings throughout the Middle East. I think the ideas of “what do next” and “what happens if favored tyrant fall” are very relevant to questions in Central Asia, however:

Meanwhile, they’re still trying to build Deh Sabz, for some reason. I haven’t quite figured that one out yet.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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{ 2 comments } March 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Covering both ends of the media spectrum!

Madhu March 31, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Get out. You on Fox News? On-the-libertarian-end-of-conservative Madhu is surprised.

I don’t usually watch Fox (or much television news) except for Greta Van Sustern and the WSJ report. I like interviews and I love those evil capitalists.

On a more serious note, I’m trained as a pathologist and I don’t think I care for the “war porn” stuff. You can get kicked out of med school for not treating a cadaver properly.

I’m not sure the graphic images of dead people makes anyone more aware of the human cost. I wonder if it doesn’t just numb some people or make them more disrespectful. There is a reason we physicians are taught to be very, very careful with cadavers. We must always be reminded that we are servants and we strive to “do no harm,” first. It’s not a game.

(BTW, I went a little nutso in the comments section over at Carl Prine’s Line of Departure blog. My usual hobby horses. I’m sick of the topic myself, to be honest….I’m getting to be such a bore. Except, our policies are deeply, deeply weird.)

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