This video from the USA says about itself:
Embedded journalism’s one point of view.
How reporters lose perspective.
Sports commentary war. Entertainment replaces truth.
Ted Koppel admits he never saw any casualties whilst in Iraq as an embedded journalist.
Fox news and how Rupert Murdoch imposes his world view.
From CNN in the USA:
Stars and Stripes accuses U.S. military of censorship in Iraq
June 23, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Stars and Stripes, the newspaper that receives U.S. military funding to help it cover and get distributed free to American forces in war zones, complained Tuesday of censorship by military authorities in Iraq.
In a story on its Web site, the newspaper known as Stripes said the military violated a congressional mandate of editorial independence by rejecting a request to embed reporter Heath Druzin with the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, which is attempting to secure the city of Mosul.
The military cited various problems in Druzin’s reporting on previous embed assignments with units of the division, according to the story.
One example noted by the military was a March 8 story that said many Mosul residents would like the American soldiers to leave and hand over security tasks to Iraqi forces, the Stripes Web site said. …
Terry Leonard, editorial director at Stars and Stripes, denied the Army’s allegations, calling Druzin’s previous reporting on the division accurate and fair.
“To simply say ‘you can’t send him because we didn’t like what he wrote’ is unacceptable,” Leonard said. He noted that Congress set up Stripes as an independent newspaper so that “no commander can decide what news troops in the field receive.” …
Stripes receives close to $10 million a year from the Department of Defense to help defray the costs of covering “contingency” operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the publishing and distribution of roughly 85,000 free newspapers a day, Leonard said.
The newspaper receives additional government subsidies, with the total amounting to less than half of its budget, he said. Other revenue comes from ad sales and circulation at permanent U.S. military bases and elsewhere, Leonard said.
CNN has been denied embed requests on occasion but never because of the past conduct of individual journalists.
As CNN in general has supported the Iraq war.
In itself, the embed system raises grave questions about journalistic independence, or lack of it, from armed forces. Now, apparently the big brass are trying to eliminate even the small margins for critical writing, for anything but Polyanna style Hip hip hoorah for the war-style journalism.
Big salaries are tempting civilians to become bodyguards in Iraq where two Britons doing a similar job were found dead, a security guard has revealed: here.
Britain: A civilian engineer who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq has said that he plans to take court action against the Ministry of Defence: here.
It is fitting that today’s deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s cities coincides with a meeting in Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and British Petroleum: here. And here.
‘Çurveball’, Iraqi ‘WMD’ liar: here.
To Get Someone to Say US Must Stay in Iraq, CNN Has to Find a Drunk Guy: here.
Pentagon Keeps Wary Watch as Troops Blog: here.