Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Truce with the Pentagon

Newswatch

It now looks as if the next time the U.S. invades some place like Grenada, there will be reporters and photographers along. A panel of military officers and former journalists, headed by retired Army Major General Winant Sidle, has been wrestling with the issue. All the participants seem to recognize that the Reagan Administration's two-day news blackout during the invasion last October was not healthy for the military, the press or the country.

The difficulties of defining the rules for combat coverage are real. The networks, newspapers, wire services and newsmagazines were willing to testify before — but not to...

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