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Thursday, September 30, 2004

WSJ Defends Iraq Reporter over Candid Comments

Romenesko reports on an email said to be of Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ's correspondent in Baghdad. Among other things, she writes that she feels under "virtual house arrest," and that there has been "one too many close calls, including a car bomb so near our house that it blew out all the windows." She also writes, "Despite President Bush's rosy assessments, Iraq remains a disaster." Fassihi wrote Romenesko to authenticate the email and emphasize that it was of her private impressions, emailed to friends. WSJ managing editor Paul Steiger told NYP that "Ms. Fassihi's private opinions have in no way distorted her coverage, which has been a model of intelligent and courageous reporting, and scrupulous accuracy and fairness."