CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 20, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The tangled relationship between the military & reporters in time of war noted.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The issue of access to the front lines for war correspondents reviewed; details given of the Pentagon's tight control of the Persian Gulf war in 1991; scenes shown from boot camps for the media. ["We Were Soldiers Once & Young" author Knight Ridder Newspapers Joe GALLOWAY†- says Vietnam was the most openly covered war.] [CNN's Bruce MORTON†- says the story was in the field.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says there might be accurate reporting.] The Pentagon guidance position on "embedding media" quoted. [Pentagon spokesman Bryan WHITMAN†- says no journalists want to willing compromise an operation.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with reporter/author David Halberstam about reporters in combat in a war with Iraq. [In studio, HALBERSTAM - says the Persian Gulf war rules were insulting to journalists; states there will be a sense of obligation; recounts how reporters were controlled in the early days of Vietnam, but later could go anyway; talks about the theory of "embedding" a reporter with a squad, company or platoon.]