Embedded journalists

Susanna Cornett has some pertinent comments on an E&P article about “embedded” journalists — those reporters assigned to cover the war in Iraq.

In a new initiative, reporters will, for the first time since Vietnam, be allowed to travel with the troops, cover the battle fronts, get the real story.

I think it’s a good thing. And I think Suzanna is also right — any hyper-paranoia about censorship is misplace. I’ve been a military man and I’ve been a reporter. I think I see this issue from both sides. Access is great. It’s more than great. It’s wonderful. But there are some things about military operations that reporters should not report.

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