Posted by Andreas from dtm2-t9-1.mcbone.net (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 4:27AM :
In Reply to: Lynching the truth # 2 posted by Andreas from dtm2-t9-1.mcbone.net (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 4:23AM :
Part #2 of docu:
Group Captain AL LOCKWOOD
UK Military Spokesman
Having lost the first skirmish they pretty much lost the war
when it came to media support. And albeit things have
got better and everything came to a conclusion quite
rapidly. To my feelings is that they lost their initial part of
the campaign and they never got on the front foot again.
Group Captain Al Lockwood
The media advisor here was an expert in his field. His
counterpart on the US side was evasive, was not around
as much as he should have been when it came to talking
to the media, and in reality what happened was you had
two different styles of news media management and I feel
fortunate to be, have been part of the UK one.
Qatar was never designed to be the font of all news. The
font of all news was designed to be the frontline with our
embeds. And it worked out we couldn't be happier.
Such wounds will heal. Washington and London now
have a plan for future wars. As the Pentagon made
clear, the perception of war affects its cost and
duration. Now the media have their designated
positions, close up in the front for action shots, or
tied up in the rear for the not-so-big picture.
Head of BBC News
I think embeds are undoubtedly are the future. There's
no question from the military point of view that they
provided them with you know a kind of, a, a, a level and
quantity of picture which was overall advantageous to
ITV News cameraman
You don't get anything else in that. You only get their
view on the situation and at least the independents can
try to report on what really is going on, talk to the people.
Are you worried that embeds are the future?
I think if, I think if we got to the position where embeds
were the only form of conflict coverage that was possible
then it would be very one-sided, and you wouldn't get the
full picture of what was happening, and that obviously
worries me journalistically, yes.
Let them do it. Let the army do it, you know. Just put a
colonel there and give soldier a camera and he can say
US Dept of Defence pictures
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and Palestinians. A vital protection measure or a new
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