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Bush’s News War
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Bush’s News War

Fed up with the gloom-and-doom coverage of the conflict, the White House is taking aim at the press

Oct. 27 issue — It started out as a little crowd control in Baghdad. But as U.S. troops entered the streets to restore order earlier this month, the protest turned ugly. Someone threw a homemade grenade at the Americans, wounding 13 servicemen. According to the Oct. 8 Daily Threat Assessment—the Coalition’s internal casualty report, which was shown to NEWSWEEK—eight soldiers were wounded seriously enough to be evacuated to military hospitals. Yet at a press conference the next day, there was no mention of the attack. Pushed by reporters, U.S. officials would only say the incident was under investigation. It was as if the ambush, and the casualties, had never happened.

IN BAGHDAD, OFFICIAL control over the news is getting tighter. Journalists used to walk freely into the city’s hospitals and the morgue to keep count of the day’s dead and wounded. Now the hospitals have been declared off-limits and morgue officials turn away reporters who aren’t accompanied by a Coalition escort. Iraqi police refer reporters’ questions to American forces; the Americans refer them back to the Iraqis.

Reporters and government officials have always squabbled over access; but the news coverage of the messy, ongoing conflict in Iraq has worsened the already tense relationship between the press and the administration. American officials accuse reporters of indulging in a morbid obsession with death and destruction, and ignoring how Iraq has improved since Saddam Hussein was toppled. Reporters grumble that the secretive White House and Pentagon hold back just how grim and chaotic the situation really is.
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  -Bush’s News War VermontDem2004  Oct-19-03 03:13 AM   #0 
  - It seems that Saddam's infamous "minders" might just be able to find...  Mary Pat   Oct-19-03 03:37 AM   #1 
  - I Was Thinking The Same Thing Mary Pat... only...  arwalden   Oct-19-03 03:10 PM   #21 
  - New war of deception...  DeepModem Mom   Oct-19-03 03:40 AM   #2 
  - What Planet are these Nazis on?  The Zanti Regent   Oct-19-03 12:51 PM   #18 
  - Readthe article - Link to the Poll - VOTE !!  ConcernedCanuk   Oct-19-03 04:20 AM   #3 
  - Now 60% say "things are worse than the media says"  Barrett808   Oct-19-03 12:48 PM   #17 
  - the poll is haxored?  rman   Oct-19-03 03:01 PM   #20 
  - The media should respond negatively to shrub's attempt to control  schultzee   Oct-19-03 06:41 AM   #4 
  - It should...but they are ALL owned. There will be no cry of outrage.  cthrumatrix   Oct-19-03 06:47 AM   #5 
  - Kind of like building a wall  0007   Oct-19-03 11:16 AM   #16 
  - I think we are going to be Israel/Palestine all over.  izzie   Oct-19-03 06:51 AM   #6 
  - there is a whole new committee set up by condiliar's NSC....!  leftchick   Oct-19-03 07:24 AM   #7 
  - Saigon...5 o'clock follies!  pfitz59   Oct-19-03 07:42 AM   #8 
  - It didn't work for the Soviet Union in Afghanistan  scarletlib   Oct-19-03 08:04 AM   #9 
  - The problem is  Jackpine Radical   Oct-19-03 08:13 AM   #10 
  - Gloom-and-doom coverage of the conflict!  kayell   Oct-19-03 08:28 AM   #11 
  - Exactly. we are NOT seeing the coverage of the dead and wounded  Mari333   Oct-19-03 08:53 AM   #12 
     - Blackout in full operation ...  tlcandie   Oct-19-03 10:18 AM   #14 
  - GREAT new tactic, except....  party_line   Oct-19-03 08:55 AM   #13 
  - Shrub won't go here  psychopomp   Oct-19-03 10:53 AM   #15 
  - *snarf*  CatWoman   Oct-19-03 01:15 PM   #19 
  - (posted this in like thread) It's like the Python Pet Shop skit...  Billy_Pilgrim   Oct-19-03 03:12 PM   #22 
  - Think the Vietnam War  cliss   Oct-19-03 06:03 PM   #23 
  - Pissing on the media is the dumbest thing they could do.  bemildred   Oct-19-03 08:04 PM   #24 
  - Howie is such a WHORE!  Tatiana   Oct-19-03 08:33 PM   #25 

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