Discussion: Embedded Warrior Journalists

Journalists armed with videophones and satellite links spent the second Gulf War alongside U.S. soldiers, sending back real-time accounts of combat. The Pentagon opened up the embedded journalist program because news organizations complained that coverage of the 1991 Gulf War was limited to media briefings and carefully screened video footage. Communications professor Gary Edgerton (ODU) says there was more live footage of the first two days of the recent war then in all of Operation Desert Storm, but that doesn't mean television viewers got a complete picture. Also featured: Reflections from Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Rex Bowman, who spent the war embedded with the Marines 1st Battalion, 4th Regiment (Charlie Company).