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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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Blackout in the Bulge

Blackout in the Bulge

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(p.294) Chapter 18 Blackout in the Bulge
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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/9780190660628.003.0019

Even before the Battle of the Bulge, the senior war correspondents were becoming restive. Wes Gallagher caused trouble by writing exposés of the reasons behind the military’s manpower and ammunition shortages. When the military imposed a total news blackout in the wake of a surprise German offensive, the media responded with harsh criticism, questioning how this policy chimed with the more recent directives to push a more realistic, downbeat line. As the battle progressed a number of winners emerged, including Patton, whose Third Army lifted the siege of Bastogne, and Gallagher, whose reporting established his position as a leading front-line correspondent.

Keywords:   AP, Wes Gallagher, Ed Kennedy, Battle of the Bulge, censorship, Time magazine, Malmédy Massacre, Bastogne, George Patton, Omar Bradley

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