Many media executives here fear that if the US goes to war with Iraq the restrictions will be as tough as during the Gulf War. Several journalists’ organisations are getting ready for a fight for more access to the military. Recently there have been several meetings between Pentagon officials and Washington bureau chiefs, where the Pentagon always uses the claim that security is paramount. Battlefield access is the main stumbling block. There is growing concern that if hostilities break out the media will again be limited to handouts
and post-battle briefings. In Vietnam, as during the Second World War, correspondents accompanied soldiers in the field. But many military experts believe such unrestricted reportingÃŠcontributed to the fall of South Vietnam. Some have even blamed reporters such as Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Peter ArnettÃŠfor helping to lose wars.ÃŠAfter the Gulf WarÃŠthe Pentagon promised reporters "full access to future military engagements.
But that didn’t happen in Afghanistan. The Pentagon now claims wars are different today and TV can cover battles as they happen, sometimes to the advantage of the enemy.ÃŠRecent surveys show that almost half the US public feels the media is too aggressive in its pursuit of news – even on the battlefield.
For sale: the Florida headquarters ofÃŠAmerican Media, publishers of the National Enquirer and other US tabloids, which a year ago was the target of the first anthrax attack.ÃŠIt’s for sale for $1 – less than a copy of the Enquirer.ÃŠThe offices in Boca Raton are still sealed off because of fears that anthrax spores may still linger there.ÃŠExecutives of American Media would like to get rid of it and have suggested the US Government might like to take it off its hands, perhaps to use it as a training lab for chemical engineers or investigators. So far, Washington has made no offers.
Back in the Fifties The New York Times often corrected the syntax of President Eisenhower, noted for grammatical errors in his speeches.ÃŠNow people are wondering whether the speeches and statements of President Bush, also noted for malapropisms and flubs, should be corrected or cleaned up before going into the official record? Reporters covering the White House have mixed feelings. Most agree that "ers" and "ums" could be legitimately deleted from official transcripts.ÃŠBut CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller said: "There should be no clean-up. The transcripts should be verbatim texts of what the President says."ÃŠBut what about when President Bush called on Americans to volunteer for 4,000 years when he meant 4,000 hours?ÃŠThen there was the time he said Saddam Hussein had "crawfished" out of all the agreements he had made.ÃŠThis sent the newsmen rushing to their dictionaries, only to discover the President was right – "crawfishing" is Old American for retreating or backing out.
That famous picture of three firemen hoisting the US flag in the World Trade Center wreckage has so far raised more than $500,000 (£324,000) for charity, mostly from firms wanting to use it on their products. It’s been licensed for use on more than 50 items, including posters, T-shirts, lapel pins and a postage stamp. It was taken by Tom Franklin, Hackensack Record staff photographer. He said he had been staggered by the number of times his picture had been seen around the world.
It earned him no extra,but it got him invited to the White House.