Question: What activity burns through money "like jet fuel," involvesthree armored cars, forty-five full-time, Kalashnikov-toting securityguards, and two blast-wall-enclosed houses with belt-fed machine-gunsmounted on their roofs?
Answer: Reporting from Iraq. This comes from New York Timesjournalist Dexter Filkins, now home from Baghdad on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
According to an article by David S. Hirschman ofEditor & Publisher Online, he added as well that, essentially, if you're a Western reporter in Iraq, you can never go out. Filkinsclaimed that "98 percent of Iraq, and even most of Baghdad, has nowbecome â€˜off-limits' for Western journalists."