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Vanity Fair: The NY Times’s "Lonely War"
An In-Depth Profile of the NYT's Dogged Baghdad Bureau
11/05/2008 4:56 PM ET
New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins calls in a story during the second battle of Fallujah, November 2004.
Ashley Gilbertson.
New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins calls in a story during the second battle of Fallujah, November 2004.

The December issue of Vanity Fair features an in-depth profile of the New York Times Baghdad bureau, now available online. VF's Seth Mnoonkin interviewed well-known members of the Times staff that have covered the war from Baghdad since 2003.

As the war wears on, Mnoonkin writes:

Today, The New York Times is the only U.S. news organization that hasn’t significantly cut back its presence, spending more than $3 million a year to maintain a heavily fortified Baghdad bureau. Talking to John F. Burns, Dexter Filkins, Alissa J. Rubin, and other Times correspondents, the author explores the day-to-day toll—the infighting, isolation, and near-death experiences—of covering the most important story no one wants to read.

Mnoonkin catalogs the the triumphs and tensions at the Times bureau, replete with gripping near-death experiences and the daily struggle to bring the story home.

Read it here here.

The piece also includes a link to an archive of Vanity Fair's own Iraq coverage.

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