Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Photos You Won't See in the Mainstream Media

Americans who find themselves frustrated with the mainstream media's one-sided coverage (i.e. not ours) of the war in Iraq, as well as wider events in the Middle East, have had to turn to the Internet to get a fuller picture of what's going on.

Whether it's milbloggers, dispatches from independent journalists such as Michael Yon, talk radio interviews with those on the frontlines, or the fact-checking of online journalists and the blogosphere, alternative forms of media have proven to be the best source for informative and unbiased coverage of the war on terrorism.

To that end, the grassroots conservative forum FreeRepublic.com is an invaluable asset. I've been a FReeper (as members of the forum are known) myself for several years and I'm on the ping list for a fellow member that goes by the handle "Diogenesis."

No one knows who he is or anything about his background, but Diogenesis pops up every few months with a series of posts composed of photos (from journalistic and military sources) from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, interspersed with a random assortment of other subjects and accompanied by text that is most decidedly pro-American, pro-Israel, and pro-Western. Or, as he puts it, "Ye Old Quagmire-Free News." In short, these are reports you definitely won't see in the mainstream media.

Diogenesis has been at it again since May, so I'm posting links to his latest reports using his titles and starting with the most recent. For those who like a dose of good, old-fashioned war reporting (via modern-day technology), follow the links below and, if so inclined, scroll through the comments section for additional photos:

GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 6/21/07 - Baqouba, Diyala, Start of the Surge

GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 6/14/07 - Iraq, Gaza City, Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah

GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 5/28/07 - Sadr City, Baghdad, Hilla, Fallujah, Basra, Najaf, Nusseirat, al Zaitun, Gaza Strip

GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 5/24/07 - Gulf of Oman, Gharah Ghayah, Tehran,Natanz, Isfahan, New London

GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 5/22/07 - Ein el-Hilweh, Nahr al-Bared, Verdun Beirut

GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 5/21/07 - Nahr al-Bared, Achrafieh, Beirut, Tripoli

Update (6/22): On a related subject, Hot Air notes that the mainstream media is missing in action when it comes to reporting on the successful battle currently taking place in Baquba, Iraq. That is, except for reporting on U.S. troop casualities.

They also excerpt and link to Michael Yon's latest report from the frontlines. Same goes for Bill Roggio. Eat your heart out, MSM.

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