Deborah Shapley, in Daedalus (Fall 1982),
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Defense issues, because of their great complexity, are among the most difficult for the media to cover. But even the best newspaper and televi- sion treatments of such topics reveal serious flaws, argues Shapley, Washington editor of Nature magazine.
Thus, CBS News's widely publicized five-part series on "The Defense of the United States," aired in June 1981, suffered from TV newsmen's need to "find...