Media Circus

Bucca Press Conference

Brig. Gen. David Quantock, commander of Task Force 134, holds a press conference at Camp Bucca on Wednesday -- just a few hours before the detention facility closed.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a major media event covering the closure of Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq on Wednesday. The very next day, the major events continued as I invited bureau chiefs from some major western media outlets to visit Camp Cropper here in Baghdad.

These events resulted in a large number of stories written about Task Force 134, which handles detention operations in Iraq.

Because of the organizations we invited, we managed to get some huge publicity. Perhaps you read one of these stories?

Kudos goes to the Associated Press, who sent a young reporter to cover this story, and managed to milk two different articles and a “sidebar” out of it. Funny thing is, this guy is only in Baghdad because a bunch of other folks are out of town.

The best part about the Editor’s Lunch on Thursday at Camp Cropper in Baghdad was meeting Jane Arraf.  She used to be the Baghdad bureau chief for CNN starting in the late ’90s. Baghdad Bob eventually kicked her out, and she went off to other things. Now she works for Christian Science Monitor. However, we did have a great discussion about our former employer… CNN… and all the craziness that went along with the job.