Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Ch.1 snippets from "Hotel Warriors"

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ch.1 snippets from "Hotel Warriors"

" The "truth" for most news consumers during the war came from Pentagon-produced video-tapes or on the fancy charts prepared to explain each bite-size chunk of the war."

"For us it was different. We saw and experienced things that never made the briefings." (Pg 2)

The reporters said they saw incompetent army men put there by media-wary generals, that believed and blamed the media for losing the Vietnam War. They also said they were escorted away from dead bodies that had been "pulverized by B-52 raids, lacerated by friendly fire, and chopped up by artillery, because this type of stuff doesn't play well politically.

(Pg 4) "There would be 159 journalist covering U.S. units in the Golf War, more than twice the combat coverage of any previous war." Was this going to be a good aspect, a break through in war history? They say hell no. They hardly had enough equipment to do the job and they had to be escorted by military. (PG5)"Worst of all we faced a jury-rigged system to get our copy, film, audio, and video tapes back."

(Pg 6) "Censorship by lack of access" Walter Porges. There were plenty of video tapes that never made it out of the editing room. "Most of the tapes from the battle field came in after the war and a lot of the stuff that came in after the war never got used."


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good set of quotations. It was indeed "censorship by lack of access." There were plenty of reporters in the Gulf region, it is just that they did not have the access that they needed to report the war.

4/14/2008 3:23 PM  

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