by Robert Fisk
Already, the American press is expressing its approval of the
coverage of American forces which the US military intends to allow
its reporters in the next Gulf war. The boys from CNN, CBS, ABC and
The New York Times will be "embedded" among the US marines and
infantry. The degree of censorship hasn't quite been worked out. But
it doesn't matter how much the Pentagon cuts from the reporters'
dispatches. A new CNN system of "script approval"--the iniquitous
instruction to reporters that they have to send all their copy to
anonymous officials in Atlanta to ensure it is suitably sanitised--
suggests that the Pentagon and the Department of State have nothing
to worry about. Nor do the Israelis.
Recommended reading: Chris Hedges, War
Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning