Press Coverage: Volleys on the Information Front

Frustrated by pools, censorship and tight-lipped military officials, the media fight for more -- and more detailed -- news from the battlefield

The briefing was lengthy, packed with information and as candid as any the Bush Administration had yet given on the gulf war. But when General Colin Powell trotted out the visual aids last week, things got a bit fuzzy. One chart, showing the decline in Iraqi radar activity under allied bombing, was virtually devoid of numbers. Still, said Powell, the gist was accurate. "Trust me," he said. "Trust me."

That could be the battle cry from an emerging theater in the gulf conflict: the information front. Despite the deluge of words and pictures, analysis and speculation, pouring forth on TV and...

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