As much as it can be useful to the White House, CNN’s 24-hour news format has also made life difficult for the nation’s leaders in times of conflict. “It has compressed the time frame of events, requiring more rapid decision-making,” says TIME Pentagon correspondent Mark Thompson. “And it has also shortened the public’s patience -- TV leaves people demanding a quick resolution to a complex long-term problem.”
At the same time, warns TIME U.N. correspondent William Dowell, television presents an incomplete picture of international conflict. “What you’re seeing on TV is what both sides want to show to the public,” says Dowell. “Neither side is verbalizing its true strategies on CNN.” Back to you, Frank.