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The War Beat, EuropeThe American Media at War Against Nazi Germany$
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Steven Casey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190660628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190660628.001.0001

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Anzio and Cassino

Anzio and Cassino

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(p.189) Chapter 12 Anzio and Cassino
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The War Beat, Europe
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Steven Casey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190660628.003.0013

During the first months of 1944, war correspondents provided appropriately downbeat accounts of the two major Allied efforts to break the Italian stalemate, at Anzio and Cassino, but with very different results. While Roosevelt welcomed the realistic stories about the Rapido debacle, British officers were much more defensive about American dispatches from the Anzio beachhead. With Bigart leading the way, war correspondents launched an attack on the British-inspired effort to conceal bad news, setting the scene for a steady deterioration in media-military relations. Even the successful breakout in May hardly improved the situation, although most reporters failed to cover the deeper controversies surrounding the liberation of Rome for the simple reason that they knew nothing about them.

Keywords:   Italian campaign, Cassino, Anzio, Homer Bigart, Cyrus Sulzberger, Ernie Pyle, radio broadcasting, Eric Sevareid, Mark Clark, liberation of Rome

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