Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the United States Army, has finally reached Haiti almost two weeks after American troop deployment to the country.
With basic necessities such as food and water scarce in the region, information networks are even harder to come by, as editorial director Terry Leonard told The New York Times yesterday, “part of what complicates this is there’s no advanced planning.” By sending a small dispatch to the island nation (800 to 1,000 copies to start), the paper understands both the importance of the armed forces’ reliance on news, as well as the reality that they will never get priority delivery on the flights going into the country.
“We recognize that in the opening days of a crisis of this magnitude, they’re not going to substitute blood plasma and food and water with newspapers,” said Leonard.
Though Stars and Stripes falls under the umbrella of the Department of Defense, it is editorially independent.
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