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Author Moorcraft, Paul L.
Title Shooting the messenger : the political impact of war reporting / Paul L. Moorcraft and Philip M. Taylor.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2008]
Edition First edition.

Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Subject War -- Press coverage -- History.
Press and politics -- History.
Alt Name Taylor, Philip M.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 318 pages)
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-301) and index.
Contents The origins of war reporting -- The world wars -- The Cold War (of words) -- African "sideshows"? -- Europe's intra-state conflicts -- The Middle East and Afghanistan -- The long war -- The mechanics of reporting war and peace -- No more heroes?
Summary As the literature on military-media relations grows, it is informed by antagonism either from journalists who report on wars or from ex-soldiers in their memoirs. Academics who attempt more judicious accounts rarely have any professional military or media experience. A working knowledge of the operational constraints of both professions underscores Shooting the Messenger. A veteran war correspondent and a think tank director, Paul L. Moorcraft has served in the British Ministry of Defence, while historian-by-training Philip M. Taylor is a professor of international communications who has lectured widely to the U.S. military and at NATO institutions. Some of the topics they examine in this wide-ranging history of military-media relations are: - the interface between soldiers and civilian reporters covering conflicts - the sometimes grey area between reporters' right or need to know and the operational security constraints imposed by the military - the military's manipulation of journalists who accept it as a trade-off for safer battlefield access - the resultant gap between images of war and their reality - the evolving nature of media technology and the difficulties-and opportunities-this poses to the military - journalistic performance in reporting conflict as an observer or a participant. Moorcraft and Taylor provide a bridge over which each side can pass and a path to mutual understanding.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781612343150 (electronic bk.)
1612343155 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 755605024
Additional Format Print version: Moorcraft, Paul L. Shooting the messenger. 1st ed. Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, ©2008 9781574889475 (DLC) 2008004615 (OCoLC)191758478