Keeping the Press from the Action

For the first time, a major U.S. military operation is blacked out

No sooner had President Reagan taken to television with the announcement that the U.S. had joined forces with six small Caribbean countries to invade Grenada than the press scrambled to do its job. Within hours, the first wave of more than 300 newspaper, magazine, wire-service, radio and television journalists were arriving on the island of Barbados, which, though some 160 miles northeast of the action, was the closest they could get. But there were no pictures of the combat on television screens...

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