The development of live news from the front lines has also created issueswith the accuracy of embeds reports. "Back in the Middle Ages when I coveredwars you had reflection time -- you weren't winging it. Now, suddenly you're on,and you have to say something. You can only describe what you can see in the very,very narrow field of vision that you have. They have a hell of a lot more peoplecovering these live wars than we had. But we had time to check things out," saidMorley Safer of CBS's '60 Minutes,' who covered the Israeli-Egyptian conflict in Suezin 1956 and the Vietnam War in the 1960's.
In 2003, embeds from severaldifferent publications reported seeing a mass troop movement leaving Basra, asouthern city in Iraq, only to be contradicted by the British Military the next daywhen a spokesperson said that the 120 reported tanks actually only numbered 14.
Does the necessity to have live, breaking news diminish reporters ability to fact check? Embedded journalism is also creating a new kind of relationship withinterview sources and hardships for unilateral journalists. Many soldiers, mainlythose of U.S. and Israeli militaries, will now only talk to embedded journalists.
This could be creating a one-sided view of war from solely the U.S. perspective.Associate Editor for The Washington Post, David Ignatius who was embedded inIraq and Afghanistan said, When you see my byline from Kandahar or Kabul orBasra, you should not think that I am out among ordinary people, asking questionsof all sides. I am usually inside an American military bubble. That vantage point hasvalue, but it is hardly a full picture.
The problem that Ignatius sees arising fromthis phenomenon is that many consumers of news seem to trust the new
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