Media at War: The Iraq Crisis

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'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.


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The Media go to War
Chapter 1 Journalists go to war
Chapter 2 Embedding down
Chapter 3 The safety of journalists
Chapter 4 Embedding and identification
Chapter 5 Information management
Media Coverage
Chapter 7 The invasion phase
Chapter 8 The postinvasion phase
The Media Still at War
Chapter 9 Weapons of mass destruction the Hutton inquiry and the BBC
Chapter 10 Conclusion
The publication of the Hutton report

Chapter 6 The preinvasion phase

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About the author (2004)

Professor Tumber is Dean of the Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, Director of Research for the Graduate School of Journalism, and Co-director of the Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism.

Jerry Palmer is an Emeritus Professor based in the Sir John Cass School Department of Art Media and Design at LondonMet and is a scholar noted for his work on the news media. A key theme running through his research is an interest in the ways strategic calculations impact upon mass communications, particularly in the realm of news media.

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