Friday, May 13, 2005

Michael Yon

I've been reading Michael Yon's blog for a few months now. I encourage you to do the same, as it is much better than mine.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is different, not better.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Bill H. said...

I have been reading both "A Day In Iraq" and "Michael Yon". To tell you the truth.... I like "A Day In Iraq" the best. True feelings and frustrations and thoughts of a soldier.

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great way to say it Bill. I conqure.

7:16 AM  
Blogger devildog6771 said...

While I agree with the other commentors, I think that MIchael Yon provides a great service. Since he is a professional writer he will be presenting a true accounting of the War in Iraq. That is not found in the MSM. However, his reporting will be accompanied by the credentials of an accepted professional.

I do not in any way take away from our milbloggers. They provide a great accounting of the war, But they provide the human element often lacking. Michael Yon provides the meat of the war in his Blog from a jouralistic point of view. Unlike the MSM, he still writes the truth and facts.

He also supports the events of our milbloggers with what can be said to be an "unbiased" viewpoint sonce he isn't in the military.

Actually I can foresee a very positive outcome from this endeavor on his part as far as how it ought to garner more support for our troops This is something sadly lacking in the MSM. I often wonder if they support the "other side!"

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to read both sites - just tells about different things going on "over there". Keep up the great writing - makes me feel closer to my son. Thank you for all you do.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Thank you so much for YOUR blog, AND for sharing his! There's no way I could pick a "favorite" between the two ~ y'all both ROCK! THanks for all you do!

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I, too, read Michael Yon as well as A Day In Iraq, Major K., Howdy's Blog, etc. While Michael Yon has a perspective that can be interesting I prefer the Day In Iraq for a number of reasons. FIrstly, yes - it is the viewpoint of a soldier and being a soldier's mom I want to have that very touching and human perspective. I must disagree, at least in part with devildog6771 in that I cannot accept the writings of a journalist-- embedded, television, newspaper, magazine or whatever -- as being "professional" having lost respect for the "profession" due to their coverage of any and everything they cover. When you stick a mike in someone's face who has lost a loved one or suffered any tragedy and ask "how do you feel about xxx?" that is not professional, not even human and shows such a lack of intelligence, respect, compassion and professionalism as to be so small of spirit, intellect, and feeling that one should barely be considered human, let alone "professional" oops - I do get upset about this. It seems to me that from what I see on TV, read in print and hear on the radio - there are no "journalists," only what I call info-tainers...

8:52 PM  
Blogger Desultory Girl said...

IMHO, I believe it's unfair to say his is much better than yours. You have a way of relating and that makes yours quite unique. I second anonymous #1's post, "different, not better."

2:41 AM  
Blogger strykeraunt said...

For the last couple of weeks, I too have frequented Michael Yon's blog. I completely agree with devildog6771. One thing I wanted to mention, Michael Yon is not only an excellent journalist who seems to possess a talent no longer available in MSM, but from what I understand he is also ex-special forces. When reading his material, I wonder to myself whether his heart has really left the military. I trust Michael Yon is truthful in his writing, but also have faith that he would never write anyting that would jeopordize the soldiers. I don't think it is fair at all to group him with the journalist who work for and represent MSM.

I also agree with others who say that between "A Day in Iraq" and Michael Yon, there is no better or worse; just different.

2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read other blogs, including Michael Yon's, and I have yet to find one that I like as well as yours, Michael. You are one of those writers that has the gift of making readers FEEL the story, making it come alive! Please, don't quit writing!!!
a devoted fan,
CJ--soldiers angel

1:55 AM  
Blogger devildog6771 said...

A little clarification if I may. When I was discussing journalistic credentials, I was referring to the fact that on a professional level many turn down their noses at bloggers even though bloggers are providing more accurate coverage and do present the "big" picture. This is not the case with the MSM. Their reporting is for the most part highly slanted. But Michael Yon is an accepted writer in the professional arena is is tried and proven so to speak. So his reporting adds credance to what our troops are blogging. He writes with heart and the facts accurately, but he leaves out the extra emotions and details of the troops. However I suspect his novels would have more meat." I think Michael Yon is one of the few professionals who tells it like it is. I too think he still has the heart of a warrior.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog with info that is not currently making the American papers. Just wanted to mention that Mike Yon served with the 10th Special Forces Group in the 1980s. As a former journalist, a breed that I find myself having little respect for anymore, I've got to say that Mike's integrity a throw-back to another America, one that is sadly missed.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mike yons blog is wonderful...my only concern is the posting of troopers pics and info. i assume mr yon is fully aware that the jihadist moniter these blogs too... and that these troops may have been compromised by these blogs..bounties are being placed upon our effective troopers heads....over estimate our enemies and when in doubt treat info as classified...this will be a very long war against a highly adaptive enemy...i for one would rather have no blogs about our troopers if it needlessly endanger's 1 of thier lives...these are my only hero's and i owe them...

12:40 PM  

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