In Bed with the Military
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
—GENERAL WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND, U.S. MILITARY COMMANDER IN VIETNAM
IT WAS BOUND TO happen. People start sleeping together, and the next thing you know, they're talking commitment.
That was the basic theme underlying most of the embedded reporting during the invasion of Iraq. As reporters rode shotgun on tanks and Humvees and slept alongside soldiers in Iraq, what journalistic distance there ever was vanished into the sands of the desert.
Don't take it from me. Take it from Gordon Dillow of The Orange County Register, who wrote: “The biggest problem I faced as an embed with the Marine grunts was that I found myself doing what journalists are warned from J-school not to do: I found myself falling in love with my subject. I fell in love with `my' Marines.” 1
And CBS's Jim Axelrod, who was embedded with—I would