Looking Over Their Shoulders

After protracted debate with press executives, the Pentagon last week imposed its "final" rules for covering combat in the gulf -- and leading news organizations promptly labeled them unacceptable.

At every stage, effective control of a correspondent's work will be in the hands of the military officers he or she is with. Coverage at the front will be permitted only for Pentagon-organized pools of reporters under constant military escort. In World War II, Korea and Vietnam, by contrast, individual journalists could make arrangements to rove the war zone -- at their own risk, of course -- and the use of pools...

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