TITLE: SECOND FRONT
AUTHOR: JOHN R. MACARTHUR
PUBLISHER: HILL & WANG; 260 PAGES; $20
THE BOTTOM LINE: A gulf war opponent lacerates the U.S. press for having been too "patriotic," cooperative and gullible.
Bombing runs that visibly reduced Iraqi targets to instant rubble. Midair collisions between Scud and Patriot missiles. Pentagon press conferences explaining live the blow by blow of battle. To the U.S. public, these unforgettable images made the gulf war the most reported conflict in memory. But journalists, aware that enterprise was thwarted and that news organs served mainly as conduits for government, regard the war as a setback...