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The War Beat, EuropeThe American Media at War Against Nazi Germany$
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Steven Casey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190660628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190660628.001.0001

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To Germany’s Borders

To Germany’s Borders

(p.275) Chapter 17 To Germany’s Borders
The War Beat, Europe

Steven Casey

Oxford University Press

The liberation of Paris in August 1944 sparked another bout of media-military problems. One reporter filed news of the event days early and three were suspended for using an unauthorized French radio to speak to the American public. The trauma of the recent battles was also starting to take a toll on reporters. Pyle left Europe for good after Paris was freed. Middleton, Stoneman, Thompson, and Whitehead would all depart for a break by November. Despite the exhaustion felt by most of the old hands, the actual content of many stories tended to be resolutely upbeat, fueling new concerns about home-front complacency. Since this reporting did not reflect the reality on the ground, where the Allied advance had begun to stall, Eisenhower’s command began to encourage reporters to write in more downbeat terms.

Keywords:   liberation of Paris, Don Whitehead, Ernie Pyle, Bill Stoneman, John Thompson, Drew Middletn, Operation Market-Garden, George Patton, Aachen

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