Slate’s Mistake

Lord knows we could use thoughtful and critical coverage of the Western Sahara conflict here in the United States, but I’m afraid Slate‘s piece on the subject doesn’t meet standards of professional journalism. Written by Carne Ross, the short essay has all the trappings of independent, investigative work, until the end, when one realizes, upon reading the author’s bio, that he is “director of Independent Diplomat, a nonprofit group that is advising the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, the government-in-exile of the Sahrawi people. ” This is just as bad as getting an advisor of the Moroccan government to write about Western Sahara. Couldn’t they find someone who isn’t an advocate (for either side) and doesn’t have a conflict of interest?

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