Embed Me Down


I must have very low standards as I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the embedded reports, both print and electronic. Except for the dopey use of night vision cams in a city that still has the frickin' lights on, or on vehicles that have their running lights blazing, I've come away knowing more about the who, what, when, and where than I did going in. (The why remains sketchy.)

I also get a kick out of the technology that can bring me nearly perfect live shots of network talent racing across the desert. But it does lose a little something when you find out that instead of the tip of the spear, your anchor is perched on a tank recovery vehicle, the armored equivalent of a caboose.

The embeds also give us what is sure to be a meme for this war: reporters in badass sunglasses. But if someone says "shock and awe" one more goddamned time…