Our West Coast editor Kate Aurthur asks a good question. We’d like to know, too.
The two aren’t exactly connected, you know? This is like asking, “Has there been a smart piece about one of Mike Vick’s dogs that takes into account the dog’s persona as a treat-hungry bitch?”
I think it would be very difficult to do the kind of story you describe without essentially saying “she had it coming.”
To the last suggestion: Absolutely not. These are diverse people with diverse grievances and challenges. We shouldn’t use a metadata tag to curate an experience for people who like “revolution” and want to see it all in one place in their Tumblr dashboard.
Seconded on the “revolution” tag. But it’s an interesting point to think about broadening this for other news events.
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A 1st-person report from our reporter and photographer who was threatened and attacked in Cairo today (2/3/2011)- Kristen Chick, the Monitor’s Cairo correspondent, has been on this story since Jan. 25.
Never, in my three years in Cairo, had I experienced anything like it. But it was nothing compared to what happened when we joined the protests at Tahrir Square.
Violence had broken out suddenly as thugs and Mubarak supporters attacked the peaceful crowd. We ran to cover the action from the side of the pro-democracy, anti-Mubarak crowd. Yet when Ann raised her camera to photograph the men throwing rocks, she was an instant magnet for abuse.
Men hit her camera, pushed her, and roughed her up. “No photos!” they shouted threateningly. We tried to leave them behind, but more like them were everywhere.
When one of them grabbed her and tried to drag her off, we struggled with him and Ann’s shirt was torn. We were under siege; everywhere we turned, people were threatening us. It was clear that other foreign journalists around us, particularly photographers, were also being attacked. Some were also arrested.
It was one thing to keep an eye out for incoming rocks or tear gas canisters, as I had done the previous week when police fought the protesters, with a friendly crowd around me. It was another to try to dodge flying chunks of concrete and angry aggressive men at the same time.
Chris Good reports:
Egypt, it turns out, has a respectable presence in Washington.
Since protests swept through Cairo and Alexandria last week, the press has started delving into Egypt’s relationship with the American government. The Egyptian government has spent $1.1 million per year employing some of the top lobbyists in D.C., and those lobbyists have orchestrated numerous meetings on Capitol Hill and with State Department officials.
Thanks to the transparency mavens at the Sunlight Foundation, we know that 42 members of Congress (three senators and 39 representatives) met with Egyptian military officials in 2010 alone. Such meetings are disclosed by the lobbyists who arrange them, and Sunlight has culled the information from available records.
See the complete list here.
Interesting. Though not surprising—that’s what the Egyptian government pays these lobbyists for…