John Moser is right on Eason Jordan of CNNs op-ed, but there is more to it as I implied the other day. Glenn Reynolds says it most clearly: "Maybe, you know, its not worth the moral compromises involved in reporting from a dictators capital, if youre not able to tell the truth." See the whole of it here. We know that this sort of thing has happened in the past, especially with regard to reporting from the USSR, and it always amazed me that no one in the press talked about it publicly. Shame on them.