U.S. Media & the War on Terrorism


Tom Gjelten
(2-way) (update on the military strikes in Afghanistan)
*NPR Correspondent at the Pentagon

Bill Kovach
*Chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists
*Co-author, The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect (Crown, 2001)
*Former, Curator of the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University
*Former, Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Times

Donatella Lorch
*National Correspondent, Newsweek
*Covered the Gulf War for The New York Times
*Travelled for two years in Afghanistan with the Mujaheddin in the1980s for The New York Times
*Covered civil wars in Africa as Nairobi Bureau Chief for The New York Times in mid-90s

Andrew Kohut
*Director, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

(ret.) Marine Colonel Fred Peck
*Former Head of media relations during U.S. mission in Somalia

J. Max Robbins
*Senior Editor and Columnist, TV Guide

Three weeks into the military campaign, news organizations are having a difficult time reporting on what's really happening in Afghanistan. Media executives have received assurances that the Pentagon will cooperate in allowing open and independent coverage of the military action. But polls show Americans support the military in tightly controlling information about the war on terrorism. How much does the media have a right to know?

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