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Caryn James

'The Square': In Tahrir Square, Beyond Simplistic Headlines

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 24, 2013 9:02 AM
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Television coverage of the political upheavals in Egypt over the past two years, especially the protests in Tahrir Square, was almost always defined by the reporters' distance from events. Even correspondents on the ground surrounded by chaos sometimes exuded a sense of voyeurism, or -- even worse -- a self-congratulatory aura of being in danger, the "Look at how tough I am" pride you see in all those fools in rain slickers standing upright in hurricane-force winds. The reporting from Egypt was valuable and the danger real, of course, but the coverage wasn't considered "foreign news" for nothing, even when referred to with the more enlightened "international news" rubric.

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