Shooting The Messenger

The Political Impact of War Reporting

Paul L. Moorcraft, Philip M. Taylor

As the literature on military-media relations grows, it is informed by antagonism either from journalists who report on wars or from ex-soldiers in their memoirs. Academics who attempt more judicious accounts rarely have any professional military or media experience.
Publication date:
June 2008
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781574889475

Dimensions : 230 X 150 cm
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£18.99
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Overview
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As the literature on military-media relations grows, it is informed by antagonism either from journalists who report on wars or from ex-soldiers in their memoirs. Academics who attempt more judicious accounts rarely have any professional military or media experience.

A working knowledge of the operational constraints of both professions underscores Shooting the Messenger. A veteran war correspondent and think tank director, Paul L. Moorcraft has served in the British Ministry of Defence, while historian-by-training Philip M. Taylor is a professor of international communications who has lectured widely to the U.S. military and at NATO institutions. Some of the topics they examine in this wide-ranging history of military-media relations are:

– the interface between soldiers and civilian reporters covering conflicts

– the sometimes grey area between reporters’ right or need to know and the operational security constraints imposed by the military

– the military’s manipulation of journalists who accept it as a trade-off for safer battlefield access

– the resultant gap between images of war and their reality

– the evolving nature of media technology and the difficulties—and opportunities—this poses to the military

– journalistic performance in reporting conflict as an observer or a participant

Moorcraft and Taylor provide a bridge over which each side can pass and a path to mutual understanding.