War and the Death of News: Reflections of a Grade B Reporter

War and the Death of News: Reflections of a Grade B Reporter

by Martin Bell

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Overview

From Vietnam to Iraq, Martin Bell has seen how war has changed over the last fifty years. It is neither fought nor reported the way it used to be. Truth is degraded in the name of balance and good taste, reports are delivered from the sidelines and the rise of social media, with its rumours and unverifiable videos, has ushered in a post-truth world.


As TV news increasingly seeks to entertain first and inform second, one of the outstanding journalists of our time gives his own moving account of the conflicts he’s witnessed around the world and issues an impassioned call to put the substance back into their reporting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786073471
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Martin Bell is both a former BBC war correspondent and a former MP. His previous books include Through the Gates of Fire and An Accidental MP. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He lives in Barnet, North London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Once a Soldier 5

2 Geunyeli 19

3 Undertones of War 29

4 Lessons of Vietnam 45

5 Victor's justice 63

6 The Something Must Be Done Club 79

7 The Violent Screen 97

8 Never Wrong for Long 117

9 The Age of the Embed 127

10 The Language of War 151

11 'Trust Me … I'm a Journalist' 163

12 'Totally Unsuited to Politics…' 175

13 No Man's Land 193

14 Terrorism and Jihad 217

15 Iraq - the Reckoning 225

16 Observations 233

17 Golden Rules of TV News 249

18 The Death of News 259

Endnotes 277

Index 281

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"In prose as crisp and hard-hitting as the bullets he’s dodged for decades, Bell sounds the alarm for a TV journalism that’s under fire as never before. It’s typical Bell — unflinching truth-telling, brilliantly argued; a clarion call to everyone who cares about powerful journalism in a world that needs it more than ever."

—Bill Neely, chief global correspondent, NBC News

"Martin Bell is the finest foreign correspondent of his generation. Night after night on the BBC, we watched him find the front lines and report back to us with honesty, courage and compassion. The same virtues are evident in this fearless memoir, which spans thirty-five years of his work. With wisdom, candour and integrity, he describes the irony and tragedy of the wars, revolutions and riots he covered in violent places all over the world. He is especially critical of editors at home who kept the public from seeing the ugly truth of what happened in places like Bosnia, Iraq and Israel. This is his masterwork."

—John Laurence, author of The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story

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"In prose as crisp and hard-hitting as the bullets he’s dodged for decades, Bell sounds the alarm for a TV journalism that’s under fire as never before. It’s typical Bell – unflinching truth-telling, brilliantly argued; a clarion call to everyone who cares about powerful journalism in a world that needs it more than ever."

—Bill Neely, chief global correspondent, NBC News

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