Peter Maass writes about the famous fall of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad’s Firdos Square for the New Yorker. Maass is also hosting a live chat about Iraq and the media on Wednesday, January 5th, at 3 P.M. E.T.



Fascinating and valuable piece, Becci. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.  

Isn't the New Yorker exquisite? Sometimes pompous, certainly: satirised for its obsessive attention to detail (brilliantly so in Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City - Vintage Books 1984): but essentially excellent. The New Republic comes close, but 'The Magazine' is broader and deeper.     

How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war