Letter to the Editor

    Editor:

    I was rather confused by the recent opinion article by Jessica Lingel in the March 31 issue of the Guardian. Her headline told me that the media was mindlessly promoting war and that the biased coverage of the Iraqi conflict was misinforming the public.

    “”Wow!”” I thought; I am part of the public, perhaps I am being misinformed. I read on only to discover that “”the American people have been misled and misinformed, and it’s all the media’s fault.”” Eager to correct this misinformation in my head, I finished the rest of the article.

    This is where the confusion set in. It seems that Lingel dislikes the coverage that has been on the news networks of late. She disapproves of the interviews with the U.S. military (maybe we could get some with the Republican Guard), and she seems to fear that the “”embedded”” reporters are getting just too close to the soldiers that they have been covering.

    I completed the article still wondering exactly how I am being misinformed. She kindly suggested that we search for “”unbiased, uncompromised information from accurate and reliable sources.”” First I want to know what I am being misinformed about! Is the war not even happening? (“”Wag the Dog”” style) Perhaps it is really taking place in France, and maybe all our soldiers are actually cyborgs cleverly programmed in the art of CNN interview.

    Please, Ms. Lingel, let us in on your accurate sources, tell us where we have been led astray, and for God’s sake don’t let us wallow in our misinformed ignorance.

    — Nathan Osborne

    Eleanor Roosevelt College junior

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