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Embedded : the media at war in Iraq
Katovsky, Bill.
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Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2003]

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xix, 422 pages : map ; 24 cm
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"An oral history"--Cover.
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This work presents 60 eye-opening, first person narratives that takes readers into the dust and smoke of the battlefield that was Iraq. frontline. From the network anchor calling his wife to tell her he was safe, to a reporter riding in the belly of a Bradley to camping in Saddam's palace, these reports provide an insight into what really went on during the war.

Author Notes

BILL KATOVSKY lives in northern California.

TIMOTHY CARLSON lives in Colorado.

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Booklist Review

This collection of the stories behind the stories of the Iraqi war offers a rich and revealing look at emotions and images rarely seen in news reporting. Katovsky and Carlson interviewed 60 leading journalists who lived, ate, and traveled with U.S. troops. They begin with a brief history of the relationship between the military and the media and a discussion of the practice of embedding reporters, detailing the pros (greater access and immediacy of reporting) and cons (the greater risks to reporters' lives and their ability to be objective). The interviews include CBS News' Jim Axelrod, who is still mourning the loss of his colleague David Bloom, and Peter Baker of the Washington Post0 , who recalls the strain of covering a battle while worrying about his wife, Susan Glasser, who was also reporting from Iraq. Recollections range from the raw fear provoked by close calls in the battlefield to the boredom of daily briefings at the CENTCOM media center in Doha, Qatar. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

While there is nothing new about journalists traveling with military units (Ernie Pyle died while covering action during World War II), the war in Iraq saw an unprecedented number of correspondents "embedded" with the troops (vs. the hundreds more who covered the war as "unilateral," or unembedded, reporters). In this oral history, Katovsky (formerly with the Brookings Institution) and Carlson (senior correspondent for Inside Triathlon) record the interviews they conducted in April, May, and June 2003 with dozens of reporters, photographers, military public affairs officers, Iraqi citizens, a peace activist, and the handler of a bomb-sniffing dog. What is most interesting from a journalistic standpoint is that these reporters are free here to describe and quote military personnel more accurately than they could for newspapers or television. This collection evokes comparison to Studs Terkel's The Good War, but unlike Terkel, the authors made no attempt to organize these diverse impressions coherently. While far from cohesive, the book does include some compelling accounts of life in a war zone and the concomitant obstacles to effective reporting. Recommended for journalism collections.-Susan M. Colowick, Timberland Regional Lib., Tumwater, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The Moral Compass of Iraq---New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief John Burns "Every lie tells you a truth." ******* There were correspondents who thought it appropriate to seek the approbation of the people who governed their lives. This was the Ministry of Information, and particularly the director of the Ministry. By taking him out for long candlelit dinners, playing him with sweet cakes, plying him with mobile phones at $600 each for members of his family. And giving bribes of thousands of dollars. Senior members of the Information Ministry took hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes from these television correspondents who then behaved as if they were in Belgium. They never mentioned the function of minders. Never mentioned terror. And in one case a correspondent who actually went to the Internet Center at the Rashid Hotel and printed out copies of his and other people's stories --mine included--specifically in order to be able to show the difference between himself and the others. He wanted to show what a good boy he was compared to this enemy of the state. He was with a major American newspaper. Excerpted from Embedded: The Media at War in Iraq: An Oral History by Bill Katovsky, Timothy Carlson, Martin Higgins All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Charging into Bad-Guy Country with Custer: Detroit News Reporter John Bebowp. 1
Covering Wars Takes Her Far from Home: San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Anna Badkhenp. 11
The Race to Baghdad: CBS Evening News Correspondent Jim Axelrodp. 21
Dodging Death: Voice of America's East Africa Bureau Chief Alisha Ryup. 29
Doing Good Deeds with the Devil Docs: CNN and Time Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Guptap. 33
Groundhog's Day at CENTCOM's Media Center: New York Magazine Media Critic Michael Wolffp. 39
"My Marines": Orange County Register Columnist Gordon Dillowp. 45
The Fixer: Hasan Aweidah, aka PJp. 55
Beyond Good and Evil: CNN Baghdad Bureau Chief Jane Arrafp. 59
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Washington Times Chief Photographer Joe Eddinsp. 65
Media Gatekeeper and Troubleshooter: U.S. Army Colonel Guy Shields, Public Affairs Officerp. 73
War-Gaming with Lieutenant General William Wallace: USA Today Reporter Steve Komarowp. 79
Death in the Afternoon: El Correo and Telecinco Correspondent Mercedes Gallegop. 85
Hello to All That: U.K.'s News of the World Reporter Chris Bucktinp. 89
It's Deja Vu All Over Again: GLOBE TV Executive Producer and ABC News and Nightline Correspondent Mike Cerrep. 93
Capturing the War's Most Memorable Image: Time Magazine Photographer Yuri Kozyrevp. 103
Back to Baghdad: CNN International Correspondent Nic Robertsonp. 107
Once a Marine, Always a Marine: San Francisco Chronicle Reporter John Koopmanp. 111
Truth vs. Beauty: Montreal Freelance Photographer Robert J. Galbraithp. 123
Where the Boys Are: Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tennessee) Military Reporter Chantal Escotop. 127
The Birds and the Bees and a Pest Named Geraldo: KSTP-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Reporter Dean Staleyp. 133
Sorry, No Room Service at Saddam's Presidential Palace: Los Angeles Times Staff Writer David Zucchinop. 141
Ambushed on the Highway: Philippines TV (ABS-CBN) Correspondents Eric Tulfo and Maxie Santiagop. 151
The Moral Compass of Iraq: New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief John Burnsp. 155
Boys in the Bradley: San Francisco Chronicle Reporter Carl Noltep. 165
Reporting from the Trenches: CBS News White House Correspondent and Weekend Anchor John Robertsp. 171
Trapped in the Media Crossfire: Al Jazeera Correspondent Amr El-Kakhyp. 179
They Fight. We Report. You Decide. Fox News Reporter Rick Levanthalp. 185
Trying Not to Go Deaf on the Gun Line: Boston Globe Reporter Scott Bernard Nelsonp. 193
Semper Fido! On Duty to Sniff Bombs: CENTCOM's Jockop. 201
The Birth of Embedding as Pentagon War Policy: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Bryan Whitmanp. 203
The Hemingway Legacy: Kansas City Star Staff Writer Matt Schofieldp. 209
War Junkie: BBC News Special Correspondent Ben Brownp. 217
High-Tech Desert Rats: Wired Reporter Josh Davisp. 223
The Checkpoint Killing: Washington Post Reporter William Braniginp. 229
What Romance Aboard the War Boat? Jerusalem Post Reporter Janine Zachariap. 235
On the Road with Unilaterals: Los Angeles Times Translator and Driver Mohammed Fahmyp. 241
Mishandled by His Iraqi Minders: New York Times Staff Photographer Tyler Hicksp. 245
Absurdity of War: British Lieutenant Colonel Robert Partridge, Public Affairs Officerp. 253
"All is Vanity": Los Angeles Times Reporter Geoffrey Mohanp. 257
My First War: Newsweek Reporter Kevin Perainop. 265
Making the Media Feel at Home: Sergeant Major Carol Sobel, Public Affairs Officerp. 269
Going Live: CNN Correspondent Martin Savidgep. 273
The Arab Perspective: Abu Dhabi TV Correspondent Amir Al-Mounaieryp. 283
Marriage Under Fire: Washington Post's Moscow Bureau Chiefs Susan Glasser and Peter Bakerp. 287
Measuring the True Cost of War: Peace Activist Marla Ruzickap. 299
Going from Ground Zero to the Ground War: Newsday Reporter Graham Raymanp. 305
View from ACross the Pond: BBC News Special Correspondent Gavin Hewittp. 311
The Disembed: Harrisburg's Patriot-News Washington Reporter Brett Leibermanp. 317
The Sound War: National Public Radio Correspondent Eric Westerveltp. 323
Our Warrior Youth: Rolling Stone Reporter Evan Wrightp. 329
Sharp Shooters: Combat Cameraman Staff Sergeant Ronald Mitchellp. 341
Maintaining a Family Legacy: Fox News Producer and Reporter Maya Zumwaltp. 347
The Fallujah Incident: London Daily Mirror Reporter Chris Hughes and Freelance Photographer Julian Andrewsp. 353
Crossing the Journalistic Divide: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Military Affairs Reporter Ron Martzp. 357
Lending Assistance to a Dangerous Profession: Committee to Protect Journalists' Michael Massingp. 371
Choosing the Right Target: CBS News Cameraman Mario DeCarvalhop. 379
The Ping, Ping, Ping of Bullets Hitting My Car: Newsweek Reporter Scott Johnsonp. 389
Appendix Department of Defense Embedment Manualp. 401
Notes and Acknowledgmentsp. 419
In Memoriamp. 421