The Media Prepares for the War on Iraq

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Since the War in Vietnam, reporters and soldiers have been like oil and water. Aware that the war of words and images could be crucial to winning against Saddam Hussein, the Pentagon has taken reporters to boot camp and promised that they-ll be in the front lines of any war on Iraq. Still, the new Central Command Headquarters in Qatar will remain off-limits to journalists, and the latest war game was conducted in absolute secrecy. Is the Pentagon really opening the door or merely engaging in a pre-war public relations campaign? We hear what it-s like to cover combat from journalists who reported on the Gulf War, correspondents who are in the Gulf today, and one reporter who-s been through the Pentagon-s boot camp.
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