The Corner

Re: Media

Randy Barnett, Boston U Law School professor and occasional NRO contributor writes:

One perhaps unforeseen benefit of embedding reporters with the troops is that we have needed many fewer military briefings such as the one now

being given by Tommy Franks. These briefings are always frustrating for

reporters and the audience because the military spokesman can reveal so

little about the nature of the conflict. With this division of labor,

professional communicators–called “reporters”–are conveying the images

of the battlefield, while the military can spend more of their time

planning and executing the war. Combined with the new satellite

technology, embedding reporters with military units allow the American

public to get the sense of the battle as it unfolds and involves them

vicariously in the war in an unprecedented manner.

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