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War, Peace, and the Mass Media
Wednesday, October 22, 2003  
Curtains Ordered for Media Coverage of Returning Coffins

By Dana Milbank
Tuesday, October 21, 2003; Page A23
Washington Post

Since the end of the Vietnam War, presidents have worried that their military actions would lose support once the public glimpsed the remains of U.S. soldiers arriving at air bases in flag-draped caskets.

To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers' homecomings on all military bases.

For the rest of this account of the Bush Administration's decision to ban coverage of the return of the bodies of American killed in Iraq, see The Washington Post

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