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Cheney Voices Support for Wartime Press Pools

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Cheney Voices Support for Wartime Press Pools

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Cheney voices support for wartime press pools

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney has voiced support for press pools as a means of covering extended military actions - despite news executives' complaints that pools hampered coverage during hostilities in the Persian Gulf earlier this year.

At a press conference during the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Boca Raton, Fla., Nov. 18, Cheney said it was "not true" that pools interfered with reporting.

Given the rapid and technical nature of modern warfare and the problems of transporting and housing the press, turning loose up to 1,600 news staffers in a war zone is not doable, he said.

"The pool system allows us to provide some coverage," he said.

Pools were necessary also because the press did not "police its own," and the military had to take all reporters who came.

"We couldn't take 1,600 people to war with us," he said.

A group of Washington bureau chiefs has been formed to meet with Pentagon officials about coverage of future conflicts. …

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