The major television networks have agreed to abide by an unprecedented request from the White House to limit the use of videotapes issued by Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda group. U.S. officials are concerned that the terrorist group may be embedding secret messages in the tapes, allowing them to communicate with associates around the world. The media is in the business of uncovering news. But do the rules change in waritme? Is there some information that should not be published? What is the media's role in war?
Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media Studies at New York University;
Paul Friedman, Executive Vice President of ABC News
This program aired on October 11, 2001.