Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Risky Business

Monday, March 31, 2008

Risky Business

The US press had an agreement with the Pentagon that combat coverage would be carried out by journalist working in pools with media escorts. The Saudis had stiffened it with a decree that said any unescorded journalist found whithin 100 miles of the war zone would be arrested and deported
"(Hotel Warriors, p45).

Dozens of reporters were staying at the Fao Hotel in Hafar al Batin, only 60 miles south of the Iraqui border, and yes within the restricted area.These reporters were taking big risks. They believed it was the only way to deliver the news. The lead stories however were taken from pool reporters or official briefings instead of unilateral reporters. Reporters were arrested, shot at, and nearly killed traying to get to were the action was. Most of the coverage of the war came from hotels, but television briefings made it seem as if the war was near.

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Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. How did the media overcome this distance, this isolation from the action? What techniques did thay use to make up for this?

Were some of the reporters able to get beyond the hotels and the press briefings? Were reporters actually jailed for straying from their escorts?

4/14/2008 1:55 PM  

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