Buzzbee Makes a Great Analysis Without Bias
By far the most interesting piece of journalism in today's Star Tribune was an analytical article on Iran's seizure of British sailors. The article, plucked from the Associated Press wire, finally provided some thoughtfull insight into the overall significance of the 13-day confrontation. Unbiased insight, that is.
For anyone who follows current events on a regular basis, this story has truly been inescapable over the past couple of weeks. It has filled America's front pages and dominated the news tickers. In true American media fashion, however, the on-going story has largely appeared to the public as a regurgitation of "official" statements. Yet in this instance, both London and Tehran were employing secret strategies and masking alterior motives, so it was understandably difficult to report anything other than the facts that were handed to the media. The point of this entry is not to berate American media for its quality of reporting, but to commend Sally Buzbee for offering a fresh and interesting angle to the story in the form of dispassionate analysis. She managed to perfectly tackle the question, "What does all this mean?" without inserting her own political leanings. Instead, she employed the thoughts of political and military theorists to gage how the conflict might affect future dealings in the Middle East and the foriegn relations among the involved countries. Like any good analysis, she also made room for various opposing possibilities.
She wisely steered clear of declaring Britain or Iran the outright "Winner." Not surprisingly, some of CNN's and Fox News' so-called pundits were not so reluctant to jump all over such a flashy word.
Buzzbee's reporting reminds me more of the way Edward R. Murrow and his foriegn corresponds (Eric Sevareid, William Shirer, etc...) reported during World War II. ***Note to the Reader: No, I'm not that old, I've just read a couple biographies.*** They always reported with one eye firmly fixating on where the story was going, keeping in mind the bigger picture. They remained unbiased, but weren't afraid to include commonsense observations. It is commendable that Buzzbee has followed in their noble vein of journalism.