This is a good a useful look at the way news and information were managed in the first Gulf War (1990-91). It skewers the media for being more interested in "access" than in reporting anything remotely like the truth about what was going on. Newspaper editors and TV executives are exposed as men and women looking for "product", stuff they can sell that will go down easy with a population they fear and distrust. Like in 2003, they want a simple story line with a designated "good guy" and a designated "bad guy" and no history or context to confuse the narrative. This book should have been read and absorbed by the media, and would have been if they were interested in performing the criitcal watgchdog role of truth-tellers. Most of them, however, are more interested in not rocking the boat and being stenographers to power.