|“When NBC’s news division last week characterized the conflict in Iraq as a civil war, the network took an important step toward re-establishing some of the editorial independence of U.S. media organizations. The network’s move should inspire other news chiefs to re-examine their war reporting.|
NBC wasn’t the first U.S. journalistic outlet to call the fight in Iraq a civil war, and there are credible arguments on both sides as to whether the conflict should be defined that way. But the point is that NBC itself made the decision as to how it would characterize the conflict.
News organizations are defined by the words they use, and the men and women covering the Iraq war too often have adopted the vernacular of the military. In doing so, they have let the subjects of their coverage define its tone.”