Writing in The Long Term View, a publication of the Massachusetts School of Law Michelle Pulaski, professor of communications art at Pace University, Pleasantville, N.Y. drums out the now standard – “The media didn’t do its job in the run up to the Iraq war” – line. She describes the nightvision footage as having a “video game feel” and news reporting as “infotainment”. She brands the Pentagon as â€œa true propaganda machineâ€ during the Iraq War, â€œfeeding the news media stories with a spin.â€
â€œForeign news bureaus showed far more blood and gore than American stations showed. The foreign media were delivering audiences the true face of the war…â€ BBC Television and American stations coverage of the same events was often starkly different. For example, when on April 7, 2003, a â€œfriendly fireâ€ incident took place, BBC broadcast live from the scene with a detailed report of the horror, including the blood-stained road, mangled vehicles, and reported the number of U.S. casualties. By contrast, Pulaski said, several hours later CNN only mentioned the â€œfriendly fireâ€ incident and gave no word on the number of casualties.
Pulaski went on to criticize the use of â€œembeddedâ€ reporters, many â€œwith flags on their lapels and stars and stripes waving in the background.â€ This loss of objectivity was compounded as reporters were â€œheavily censoredâ€ by the government. Many front-line reports were â€œheavily scriptedâ€ and subject to approval of field commanders before they could even be covered. link