DATE: 2/28/2005 02:10:00 PM
Same Story - Different headlines. This weekend, the Camden Conference was held in Maine. The subject was the Middle East. The Portland Press Herald decided to cover the entire event and their headline reads: "Mideast dialogue comes to Camden." The BDN decided it would focus entirely on General Anthony Zinni's remarks: "Retired general critiques U.S. policy in Iraq."
The BDN story isn't particularly well-written, leaving me wondering what the heck Zinni actually said and looking on the web for a transcript of his remarks. It makes the conference, which actually seemed pretty interesting, look like nothing more than a long weekend of U.S. foreign-policy bashing. It would have been nice for the local paper to provide an actual account of what happened at the conference instead of a story consisting entirely of cherry-picked quotes from one speech.