Over at the USS Clueless, Steve DenBeste has some guidelines to follow while watching the war. And, by the way, if you really want some insight, you’re wasting your time reading this when you could be learning something at his site.
For any of the following reports, allow at least six hours before you even begin to take them seriously:
- Any report of a Scud
- The first three reports of mass casualties by anyone
For these, wait 12 hours:
- Any report of an attack against a city outside of Iraq
- Any report of use of chemical weapons
- The first two reports of mass surrenders
- The first two reports of use by the US of “wizard weapons”
For these, wait 24 hours if not even more:
- Any report that a “name” in Iraq has been killed, captured or has defected
- Any claim by the government of Iraq which looks good for them or bad for us
- Any report of atrocities
- Any report of Iraqi “scorched earth” destruction, especially oil well fires
- Any report of mass Iraqi civilian casualties
For all of these, the proper response is to go take a nap. I know it’s tough, but that’s the best thing you can do.
And I think he’s being conservative. The media is insane to begin with, of course. Then you put them in a war. What could possibly go wrong?
Update 19:29 20 Mar 2003
Upon reflection, I figured it was only fair to mention that I wrote the above while switching between three Internet Explorer windows on my PC and two satellite TV news stations with the remote. Do what I say, not what I do.