Covering the War

May 31, 2010
(was 11.15.2009)

Boots on the Ground: Stories from the War in Iraq

Part Five

 

At least 120 journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war began. They're targets for insurgents. But what are journalists to the US military? A necessary evil? Or weapons of war? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, how well have journalists covered the war? We'll hear from journalists embedded in Iraq. Can journalists accurately report on the very soldier or Marine who protects them?

  1. Mike Hoyt on the Embed System

    Mike Hoyt is Executive Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. He encouraged his staff to question embedded reporters about the embed system and the war.

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  2. Brian Palmer's "Full Disclosure"

    Brian Palmer has been a staff writer at Fortune magazine, Beijing bureau chief for US News and World Report and a correspondent for CNN. He tells Anne Strainchamps that none of that prepared him for Iraq where he was embedded with the First Battalion/Second Marines.

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  3. Philip Gourevitch on Abu Ghraib

    Errol Morris made a documentary about Abu Ghraib called "Standard Operating Procedure." Journalist Philip Gourevitch and Morris have written a companion book that examines what really happened at Abu Ghraib.

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  4. General Sanchez on "Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story"

    Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez served as Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq from June 2003 to June 2004, during which period the scandal at Abu Ghraib took place.

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  5. Deborah Scranton's "The War Tapes"

    Film-maker Deborah Scranton gave cameras directly to troops on the ground, then spent months editing the footage they sent her.

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