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'Doonesbury' Cartoonist Praises Some Iraq War Journalism

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Doonesbury' Cartoonist Praises Some Iraq War Journalism

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Military.com on Tuesday posted an interview with "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau in which he discusses Iraq War journalism, among other things.

"Despite all odds, given the extreme difficulty of covering the war, this war has yielded some of the best journalism I've ever seen, especially in the long form," said Trudeau. "No one can read 'Assassin's Gate' or 'Fiasco' or 'Emerald City' and not come away outraged over how dishonestly and incompetently this war has been managed from the beginning.

"If anything, television hasn't done the horror justice. Certainly there are individual stories of progress -- and many have been covered -- but the central fact is that our war of 'liberation' has unleashed untold suffering on millions of people. More stories about rebuilt clinics or temporarily pacified areas of operations don't change that much larger reality."

The Universal Press Syndicate cartoonist said the U.S. should "withdraw from Iraq at the earliest possible date. …

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