Wayne Anderson is a local columnist for a small-town newspaper in Frederic, Wisconsin. Due to his frustration with little ‘good’ reporting coming out of Iraq by the mainstream media, he decided to put his money where his mouth is, and has self-funded his own trip to Iraq. Wayne is a 51 year-old “retired construction contractor, budding vintner and novice beekeeper” with no previous military experience.
“I’m going to Iraq to report on our troops. I want to see for myself what in Iraq is really going on—the whole story. I, like you, see the bombs exploding on the nightly news. I know it happens. The media would not lie. It’s just I suspect they are not telling the whole truth. Certainly there is more to this Iraq story than roadside IEDs detonating?
I suspect building schools and hospitals is not as newsworthy as blowing them up. But the public should know about both, which is the whole truth. (I think I remember reading about that in journalism school.)”
Wayne will be embedded with the 1157th Transportation Company of the Wisconsin National Guard, out of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which shuttles goods between Kuwait and Baghdad. He will be supplying the media back home with free stories and photos about his findings. He is scheduled to be in Iraq from June 6th to July 6th.
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