Godeskian, on Feb 19 2003, 05:12 PM, said:
does anyone know if it's true that there is going to be a media blackout in the even of a shooting war?
because that has me very worried. Free press is the only nway to insure that no one plants anything to make Saddam Hussein look worse.
I have no doubt that honest examples will be found of his misdeeds, btw
Actually, I've seen stories on CNN on how something like 600 reporters from around the world will be incorporated into the military units, similar to WWII.
They will not wear uniforms like they did in WWII, but they are being trained in emergency situations and of course they have to agree to certain things like not giving away secrets and not reporting troop movements that will get the soldiers killed.
As far as the blackout during Afgahnistan, I kind of agreed with it. Reporters are a slimy lot these days. In one instance when a reporter was there, some soldiers were hurt and the camera was trying to get up close and film them. The soldiers had to stop them. That type of behavior is despicable. Would you want your family at home to see you laying there all bloody, etc, probably before they were even notified you were hurt. Would you want yourself on TV like that? It's like the reporters who try to film the gore during an accident. They used to know better and have some human decency, now the more scandalous they can make it or the more gross out factor it has, they figure the better the ratings. And they haven't shown they are very good about keeping their mouths shut when they should. I remember when FOX News was reporting at the beginning about special service movements that they had gotten a leak on. Someone called in to say they shouldn't be talking about that and telling the enemy where our guys were and the news guy made some lame comment that they figured the government was way ahead of them. Just stupid.
EDITED to add: Just because the journalists have the right to say anything, doesn't mean the should. They are still suppose to use common sense and not doing absolutely anything in the persuit of ratings or fame. They are often as slimy as those they point fingers at.
Edited by StarDust, 23 February 2003 - 09:29 PM.