Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* JOURNALISTS BEHAVING BADLY: On Saturday, the Iraq information ministry offered to give journalists a sneak preview of Iraq's sizable report about weapons of mass destruction before shipping it to the United Nations (page 1). The officials told the dozens of gathered journalists to "organize yourselves" to be admitted into the small room where the nearly 12,000 pages of documents and compact disks were laid out for inspection.

But competitive juices were already flowing. Instead of lining up in an orderly fashion, the journalists swarmed in the front door of the building. "The group surged forward so much that the glass door smashed," says the Monitor's Scott Peterson, who kept a distance from the scrum. The shattering of the glass produced a collective, embarrassed moan from both journalists and Iraqi officials. "We were all disgusted and embarrassed that members of our profession had behaved so unprofessionally," says Scott.

* DEMOLITION MAN: Reporter Ben Lynfield reported the story about Israel blowing up militant homes in both the West Bank and Gaza (page 7). …

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