War Bonds

Friday, January 08, 2010


Recently, journalist George Stanley embedded with the Army Reserve’s 826th Ordnance Company in Afghanistan, a unit that includes his soldier son. His series about the experience has garnered both praise and criticism. Stanley tells the story of a journalist father looking for answers in Afghanistan.

Comments [3]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

It all seems like the whole embed program is just the Pentagon's reworking of '60s and '70s style "new journalism"; 'fear and loathing on the war campaign trail'. What worked against one war might work to support another one.

Jan. 13 2010 10:15 PM
Evelyn Shih from Berkeley, CA

Yes, but it is worthwhile to consider whether there are different modes of legitimate reporting. For example, Stanley's story has shades of the memoir, because personal memory is essential to it. However, he doesn't stay all the time on his son's story, but moves in and out of it; out to a larger picture that tries to represent more people more experiences. It's trying to create a communal memory of these years of war.

Jan. 11 2010 04:44 AM
Jeff Hammel from New York

No need to dwell on whether George Stanley was biased. All journalists are biased, but that's unrelated to whether they give you worthwhile reporting. I can't figure out how anyone could think of George Stanley's perspective being embedded with his son as anything other than poignant.

Jan. 10 2010 04:01 PM

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