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Media at War
The Iraq Crisis

First Edition

March 2004 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Tumber and Palmer have provided an invaluable review of how journalists covered and reported the Iraq war and its aftermath. Their exhaustive research has resulted in an impressive analysis that makes this book essential reading' -

John Owen, Executive Producer of News Xchange and Visiting Professor of Journalism, City University

'This is a meticulously researched book that lays bare the way the war was reported. Decide for yourself whether the media 'embeds' - of whom I was one - were the world's eyes and ears inside the military, or merely the puppets of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence in London' - Ben Brown, BBC

'Media at War offers insights into the ways in which media at war inevitably become participants in both the military and the political wars' - Professor Michael Gurevitch, University of Maryland

International media coverage of the war in Iraq provoked public scrutiny as well debate amongst journalists themselves.

Media at War offers a critical overview of the coverage in the context of other preceding wars, including the first Gulf War, and opens up the debate on the key questions that emerged during the crisis. For example,

- What did we actually gain from 'live, on the spot' reporting?

- Were journalists adequately trained and protected?

- How compromised were the so-called 'embedded' journalists?

Tumber and Palmer's analysis covers both the pre-war and post war phase, as well as public reaction to these events, and as such provides an invaluable framework for understanding how the media and news organisations operated during the Iraq Crisis.

 
PART ONE: THE MEDIA GO TO WAR
 
Journalists Go to War
 
Embedding Down
 
The Safety of Journalists
 
Embedding and Identification
 
Information Management
 
PART TWO: THE MEDIA COVERAGE
 
The Pre-Invasion Phase
 
The Invasion Phase
 
The Post-Invasion Phase
 
PART THREE: THE MEDIA STILL AT WAR
 
Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Hutton Inquiry and the BBC
 
Conclusion
 
Postscript: The Publication of the Hutton Report

"...the authors offer a particularly good discussion of the role of journalists and the place of objectivity, truth, and accuracy...it will be a valuable addition to the literature on media and the war, and US readers will benefit from the British perspective.  Recommended."

L. J. Rosselle
Elon University
CHOICE Magazine

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