Dexter Filkins On Iraq… And Advertisers Listen

Several days ago, returning Iraq reporter Dexter Filkins of the New York Times was one of the featured speakers at the Association of National Advertisers‘ “Masters of Marketing Conference” in Arizona. Filkins was there representing the Times, since, after all, there’s no better way to give your high-powered advertisers a sense of gravitas than to send over a genuine war correspondent. Clips from Filkins’ discussion of reporting from a warzone at the conference are below. Apologies for the crap video quality, but it’s the words that matter. He gets bitter and has the audience in his hand as he explains how crappy it is to be a war reporter (even for the Times). It’s good.