With a wave of recent awards and nominations, The Nation continues to earn praise for its reporting and criticism in 2007. Books & Arts contributor
was honored with a National Magazine Award nomination for Reviews and Criticism, recognizing “the knowledge, persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to his or her reviews.” Deresiewicz earned the nod for his reviews of books by Michael Chabon, Nathan Englander, Clive James and Junot Díaz
received wide acclaim for his investigation into a pattern of benefit denials by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kors won an Investigative Reporters and Editors Magazine Certificate for “outstanding investigative work” and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Public Interest for his reporting. In early March Kors won the National Headliner Award for coverage of a major news event, and he is a finalist for the Michael Kelly Award, given in honor of the Atlantic editor killed in Iraq in 2003.
was given the Milt Hakel Award by the National Farmers Union for his commitment to farming and trade reform. Farmers Union president Tom Buis praised Nichols for reporting that “gives readers a balanced portrayal of the complex issues affecting rural America.”
Finally, Nation contributor
won a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for his coverage of Blackwater. The Aronsons are presented annually to “journalism that measures business, governmental and social affairs against clear ideals of the common good.”
When a CBS reporter was embedded with Jon Michael Turner’s unit in Ramadi in 2006, she missed a big part of the action. The reporter was shadowing another squad when Turner, amped up on adrenaline after a firefight, shot and killed an unarmed Iraqi man riding his bicycle. Marines dumped the man’s body behind a concrete wall and threw his bicycle on top of him. It was not by chance that no cameras were there to capture the killing. “Anytime we did have embedded reporters with us, our actions would change drastically,” Turner explained. “We were always on key with everything, did everything by the books.”
Journalists looking for an unsanitized version of the Iraq War were invited to attend
, four days of stark testimony by veterans, including Turner, about war crimes and atrocities they witnessed or committed. Unfortunately, most members of America’s mainstream press rejected the offer. Winter Soldier did receive wide coverage from international and independent media.
broadcast the testimony live, and
aired a significant portion of it. Outlets from
radio to the British
Al Jazeera English
covered it. But the US news outlets that packaged and sold the Iraq War largely ignored the Winter Soldiers, just as they did when dissident Vietnam veterans testified about their combat nightmares thirty-seven years ago. There was no coverage of the hearings in the
New York Times
or on any of the major broadcast or cable news networks. LAILA AL-ARIAN