Accession Number : ADA262078


Title :   The Media and Operation Desert Storm


Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 1991-Apr 1992


Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Marvin, Richard B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262078.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 46


Abstract : What kind of a job did the news media do in covering Operation Desert Storm? Pete Williams, Assistant secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), thinks they did just fine, citing public opinion polls that indicate the media's popularity rose after the war was over. But is that enough? This paper assesses the media's performance in comparison with standards set forth in the Federalist Papers and the First Amendment to the Constitution. To do this, I will first consider what the standards are and briefly look at the historical record of journalist and the military, focusing on recent wars. I will then describe the structure provided for and accepted by the press during Operation Desert Storm, such as media pools, escorts, security ground rules and copy review, and then relate what happened during the war. The final section of the paper will assess how the media did in satisfying the requirements for an independent view of what the government was doing.


Descriptors :   *MEDIA , *PERSIAN GULF WAR , MILITARY OPERATIONS , PUBLIC OPINION , JOURNALISM


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE