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To: IonInsights
My take as well. Too many of these enter the field with the attitude that the military and the government MUST be lying and that it is their duty to disbelieve them and write something else. Careers were made that way during Vietnam. And those who do dare to send positive news back to editors similarly predisposed find it on the cutting room floor.

I have long suspected that the reason the "embeds" were pulled from their units so soon after the main fighting stopped was that management was determined to re-assert control over how the public had the military presented to it, and not in the interest of letting the military look good. The only "media war" is within the media on the part of a generation of cynical, anti-Vietnam-war partipants who are trying to cast the world in the mold of their own illusions.

12 posted on 10/04/2004 6:20:40 PM PDT by Billthedrill (Support FR - become a monthly donor!)
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To: Billthedrill
This article's intended audience is the military, which takes a self-critical, "no excuses" approach. We always conduct after action reviews that analyze what happened, why it happened, how we improve or sustain it, and who will implement those improvements. This article is in that spirit, I believe, especially since it was published in Proceedings.

As I read this article, an earlier quote from a thread on the topic of media and the military came to mind:

From the soldiers' perspective, the main US failure in Iraq to date has little to do with the situation on the ground. The main failure is the inability to transmit the reality they experienced daily to the American people.

"Our biggest mistake was letting go of the embedded media," says 2-7 executive officer Maj. Kevin Cooney.

"After the embedded reporters left, the reports coming out had no context. The reporters didn't understand the situation. They had no sense of what was actually going on and they didn't seem to care. They acted like ambulance chasers moving from one attack against US soldiers to the next without giving any sense of the work that was being accomplished," says Maj. Rod Coffey.

See link here

14 posted on 10/08/2004 3:15:39 PM PDT by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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