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Selling the Korean WarPropaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950-1953$
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Steven Casey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306927.001.0001

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“Censorship is Abhorrent to General Macarthur”

“Censorship is Abhorrent to General Macarthur”

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Selling the Korean War
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306927.003.0003

As soon as the first U.S. troops reached Korea, the U.S. military established guidelines for dealing with war correspondents. MacArthur set the tone. Convinced that he could control media coverage through a mixture of optimistic communiqués and blunt threats, MacArthur rejected a formal censorship regime. But it was a decision that soon caused problems. MacArthur's command was upset by much of the early reporting, which focused on the brutal realities of battlefield defeat. Correspondents, for their part, protested at the lack of official cooperation in all areas, from inadequate briefings to antiquated communications. And back in Washington, officials were deeply worried by the stories emanating from the front, especially the claims that the government was hiding the true level of casualties, not to mention the allegations that it had left the country dangerously exposed to the military challenge from the communist world.

Keywords:   Censorship, Douglas MacArthur, war correspondents, Eighth Army, Pentagon, Associated Press, United Press, media

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