Shooting the Messenger : The Political Impact of War Reporting

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-15
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As the literature on military-media relations grows, it is informed by antagonism either from journalists who report on wars or from ex-soldiers in their memoirs. Academics who attempt more judicious accounts rarely have any professional military or media experience. A working knowledge of the operational constraints of both professions underscores Shooting the Messenger. A veteran war correspondent and think tank director, Paul L. Moorcraft has served in the British Ministry of Defence, while historian-by-training Philip M. Taylor is a professor of international communications who has lectured widely to the U.S. military and at NATO institutions. Some of the topics they examine in this wide-ranging history of military-media relations are: ' the interface between soldiers and civilian reporters covering conflicts ' the sometimes grey area between reporters' right or need to know and the operational security constraints imposed by the military ' the military's manipulation of journalists who accept it as a trade-off for safer battlefield access ' the resultant gap between images of war and their reality ' the evolving nature of media technology and the difficulties'”and opportunities'”this poses to the military ' journalistic performance in reporting conflict as an observer or a participant Moorcraft and Taylor provide a bridge over which each side can pass and a path to mutual understanding.

Author Biography

Paul L. Moorcraft directs London's Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis and is a visiting professor at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Origins of War Reportingp. 1
Shooting the Messengerp. 1
The Rise of the Specialsp. 6
Russell and the Crimean Warp. 7
The American Civil Warp. 12
The Imperial Warsp. 15
Entente between Pen and Swordp. 28
The World Warsp. 31
The Great Warp. 31
The Wars Between the Warsp. 46
The Russian Revolution and Its Repercussionsp. 49
Abyssiniap. 50
The Spanish Civil Warp. 52
The Gathering Stormp. 55
World War IIp. 57
The Cold War (of Words)p. 69
The Korean Warp. 70
French Indochinap. 73
Suez: No End of a Lessonp. 74
Algeria: A Savage Warp. 75
Britain's Colonial Warsp. 77
America's War on the Doorstepp. 80
Vietnamp. 82
The Empire Strikes Backp. 88
Grenada, Panama, and Haitip. 94
End of History?p. 98
African "Sideshows"?p. 103
Rhodesia: Arguing with Arithmetic and Historyp. 106
South Africa: Reporting Apartheidp. 112
Somaliap. 122
Europe's Intra-State Conflictsp. 127
Balkan Warsp. 128
Kosovop. 135
Northern Irelandp. 140
Hidden War: Chechnyap. 144
The Middle East and Afghanistanp. 149
Israel versus the Palestiniansp. 150
Iranp. 151
Afghanistanp. 153
The Gulf Warp. 156
The Intifadasp. 168
Media Influencep. 171
The Long Warp. 175
Afghanistanp. 176
"With Us or Against Us"p. 178
The Iraq Warp. 181
Embeds and Fembedsp. 183
Atrocity Storiesp. 190
Shaping the Information Spacep. 192
The Occupation Fiascop. 196
The Other Occupationp. 202
Troubles Elsewhere: Darfurp. 205
Lebanonp. 206
Hearts and Minds in the Long Haulp. 208
The Mechanics of Reporting War and Peacep. 213
Reporting Peacep. 213
The Decline of Foreign News Reportingp. 216
The Media in Post-Conflict Interventionsp. 220
The Media Operators: Hidden Persuaders?p. 222
What Makes War Correspondents Tick?p. 232
No More Heroes?p. 239
Witnesses to Historyp. 239
The CNN Effect?p. 241
Hacks versus the Bean Countersp. 246
Notesp. 251
Selected Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 303
About the Authorsp. 317
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