The Red Cross was able to see precisely what the press was not present to see. These are matters outside of individual reporters’ control. But the Red Cross report should nonetheless remind journalists of the scenes and situations they’re not able to cover in person, or at all. Alan Abbey, at Poynter, has noted that much of the blogospheric conversation about the conflict is happening from outside Gaza and Israel. Still, there are regional blogs, like this Bahraini one, that are receiving regular updates from Gaza. It may not be reportorial gold, but it’s a closer perspective than what most reporters currently have, and that makes it—like the Red Cross report—worthwhile.

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Jane Kim is a writer in New York.