Monday, April 17, 2006

The Post edges the Times

The Washington Post edged the New York Times today in Pulitzers 4 to 3. Included in the Post's haul was a Pulitzer for David Finkle in the "explanatory journalism" category. I read Finkle's three-part series when it came out back in December and was not impressed. It was a bit too cliched, and focused on a rather small project that had little to do with what was going on Yemen. There were so many other things that he could have reported on: what about an in-depth piece on the remnants of the Afghan Arabs in the country, a series on the movement of men to Iraq to fight the US and asking if we are seeing a new generation of fighters like we did in the 1980s, or what about a piece about the faultlines within the Islamist movement - the discussions that are going on here are the most important and under-reported debates in the world.

I understand the needed an American angle, but I thought he could have done better.


At 9:33 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Your blog is very interesting and informative. I've been lurking around for a few days. Are you based in Sana'a?

At 2:25 AM, Blogger al-Zabaniya said...


Thanks for your comments. No I'm not in Sana'a at the moment, although I do spend a significant period of time there each year.


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