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[] PBS (01.04.03) Jim Lehrer's Newshour on "embedding",

April 1, 2003


For the first time since the Vietnam War, journalists are traveling
alongside U.S. troops in Iraq and the Persian Gulf region. Using state
of the art technology, some 600 "embedded" journalists are providing
real-time reports from the battlefields in Iraq and from military bases
throughout the area.

The Pentagon's embedding program continues to bring Americans closer
than ever to the front lines of the war in Iraq, which is now entering
its 13th day.

While advocates hail the embedding program as giving the media
unprecedented access to the battlefield, others caution that the program
instead leaves journalists indebted to the troops they are assigned to
cover and compromises their professional objectivity.

Tonight on the NewsHour, media correspondent Terence Smith assesses the
strengths and weaknesses of the Pentagon's embedding program with Alex
Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics,
and Public Policy at Harvard University; Geneva Overholser, who holds
the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the
University of Missouri School of Journalism, in its Washington Bureau;
and Bryan Whitman, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for media

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