In recent days I have been writing a series I dubbed the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Media World. Having written about the bad - Larry King - and the ugly - Judith Miller and Ben Domenech, that guy who worked, briefly, for The Washington Post, it is time now to focus on the good journalists. On Monday I wrote about Art Buchwald.
Today let's focus on Jill Carroll.
Carroll, in case you have been living under a rock, is the freelance reporter who was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released Thursday after about three months of captivity. While she worked most recently for the Christian Science Monitor she has also worked for American Journalism Review, U.S. News & World Report, the Italian news agency ANSA, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other U.S. dailies. She had previously worked as a reporter for The Jordan Times in Amman.
Carroll is one of those courageous reporters who put their life at risk to tell the world what is happening in a war zone and just one of nearly 40 journalists who have been kidnapped in Iraq since April 2004.
She is a journalist whose work I have yet to read a negative word about, which speaks volumes in a profession full of sniping and backbiting. And yet already there has been critical and fawning coverage of her actions based on the little information available at this point about her release and her comments since then. There is a good article by CJR Daily on this very topic.
This statement was released Thursday:
"Neither The Christian Science Monitor nor Jill Carroll’s family negotiated Jill's release today – nor did they pay a ransom. Furthermore, we have no information that would lead us to believe that any other party negotiated Jill’s release or paid a ransom."