Pete Lee

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Free[d] Jill

I've been keeping a fairly close tab on the kidnapping of Jill Carroll, a journalist with the Christian Science Monitor (apparently called CSM by newsies). I felt extremely bad for her, as she was the kind of journalist whose work you wanted to read. Eschewing the "Iraq News--As Reported By Our Man At The Baghdad Hilton" mentality, she apprently spoke Arabic and followed Islamic customs regarding dress. She gathered news the old-fashioned way: learn from the Iraqi people and translate those experience and contexts into something those external to the situation can digest.

The tremendous amount of support she got from many disparate people and parties was just amazing. I don't know about you, but if I was your run-of-the-mill insurgent, and saw this missive from Hamas, I'd probably think twice about double-tapping her in the head for the sake of the revolution.

If you haven't read it before, or are leery about the Christian Science religion, as I am, consider putting your worries to rest. Robert, a Socialist-leaning acquaintance of mine who worked for CBS and BBC in Europe and Asia had extraordinary respect for the CS Monitor. Pretty much, the only other paper he thought was close was the New York Times. He also noted that many journalists (left and right-leaning) respect the CSM because they have well-established bureaus in many countries, and focus on covering issues to greater levels of detail, with a minimum of sensationalism. Mind you, my friend Robert thought that NPR was way too conservative for his taste. And it probably wouldn't surprise you that he worked for KBOO.

I am happy for Ms. Carroll's safe return, and look forward to seeing her work in CSM soon.


  • Yes, I've always called it the CSM. It's much better that way - people hear the word "Christian" these days and think it must be part of G.W. Bush's America That We All Love (TM). However, I've found them to be an excellent objective source for international and some domestic news for many, many years.

    By Anonymous pdx_refugee, at Monday, April 03, 2006 10:52:00 AM  

  • Of course we're all glad that Jill Carroll was released. I'm equally elated to see Pete Lee back in cyberspace.

    By Blogger Marcus, at Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:37:00 PM  

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