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Summary of “Embedding Journalists in Military Combat Units” by Michael Pfau Pfau argues that embedded journalists covering Operation “Iraqi Freedom” were more likely to be biased in favor of military troops, as well as being more likely to produce episodic, decontextualized articles about the events. Pfau and his colleagues organized an experiment in which public affairs personnel for the Department of Defense analyzed articles from The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune that covered ground operations from the first five days of Operation “Iraqi Freedom”, Operation “Enduring Freedom”, and Operation “Desert Storm”. The results of this experiment demonstrated that embedded coverage of “Iraqi Freedom” was very favorable in overall tone towards the military and that embedded coverage was more decontextualized than nonembedded coverage. The reason for decontextualized coverage is that embedded reporters are isolated from the broader
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course COMM 354 taught by Professor Ellcessor during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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