The Military and the Media: Why the Press Cannot Be Trusted to Cover a War

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NOTE
1
"Plans for Small Wars Replace Fear of Big One", New York Times, 3 February 1992, p. A8.
2
William V. Kennedy, "Land Forces", The Balance of Military Power: NATO and the Warsaw Pact ( London: Salamander; New York: St. Martin's, 1981).
3
To a large extent, this view reflected that of Major General Lothar Renner, German Army (Ret.), a veteran of extensive service at corps level and above on the Eastern Front during World War II. He was interviewed at Heidelberg in preparation for the book cited in note 2. General Renner's assessment tallied with the views of Eastern Front German veterans who were classmates of the author at the Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1956. In an interview with John G. Roos, published in the February 1993 issue of Armed Forces Journal International (p. 46), General Klaus Nauman, Chief of Staff of the German Armed Forces, stated, "Warsaw Pact forces might have been good in the initial controlled stages of a thrust, but after the first blood I doubt very much if they would have remained an effective force."
4
Dov S. Zakheim, book review, The Balance of Military Power: NATO and the Warsaw Pact, U.S. Naval War College Review, May-June 1982, p. 95.
5
This incident and the subsequent description of Baldwin's early career at the Times are taken from "Reminiscences of Hanson Weightman Baldwin," U.S. Naval Institute Oral History Program, Annapolis, Maryland, vols. I and II, 1975.
6
Richard Halloran, correspondence with the author, 3 September 1991.
7
"Darts and Laurels", Armed Forces Journal International ( April 1990): 80.
8
Fred Hiatt, "A Parting Shot", (Outlook), Washington Post, 17 August 1986, p. 1.
11
Stansfield Turner, "Military Logrolling", (Opinion) Christian Science Monitor, 27 June 1986. See also "Schlesinger: Use of Jets from Britain Political", Philadelphia Inquirer, 13 May 1986, p. 11A.
12
Fred Hiatt, "Use of Air Force Planes Raises Questions", Washington Post, 20 April 1986, p. A24.
13
Richard Halloran, "Hyperbole and Grins", New York Times, 18 April 1986, p. A16.
14
William R. Doerner, et al., "In the Dead of the Night", Time, 28 April 1986, p. 31.
15
Darts and Laurels, Armed Forces Journal International, May 1986, p. 77.
16
Judith Miller, "Malta Says Libya Got a Tip on Raid"," New York Times, 6 August 1986, p. 1.
17
"Morning Edition", National Public Radio, 20 February 1992.
18
Meg Greenfield, "The Keepers of the Bomb", Washington Post, 25 April 1984, Op Ed.
19
The writer was a participant until he was relieved for refusal to stop telling visiting generals that the Soviets already controlled most of the air space over Iran from bases within the Soviet Union and could occupy the Iranian ports and airfields within a matter of hours by employment of seven Airborne divisions from Sovietoccupied bases in Afghanistan. Two years later, the author found the Naval War

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Notes xi
  • 1 - Why the Press Cannot Be Trusted to Cover A War 1
  • Notes 11
  • 2 - The Roots of Conflict 13
  • Notes 18
  • 3 - Television: The Here, Now, and Obituary Medium 21
  • Notes 39
  • 4 - The Dailies: Shaky Bedrock 41
  • Note 58
  • 5 - The Wire Services: The Weakest Reed 61
  • Notes 71
  • 6 - The Magazines 73
  • Notes 85
  • 7 - Vietnam: The Watershed 87
  • Notes 104
  • 8 - Aftermath 109
  • Notes 125
  • 9 - Managing the "Right to Lie" 129
  • Notes 140
  • 10 - How to Defeat the "Right to Lie" 143
  • Notes 154
  • Epilogue 157
  • Select Bibliography 159
  • Index 163
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