Jeanne d’Arc has a good roundup (from an anti-war perspective) of media criticism relating to the war.
She argues, based on the links she provides, that Americans are being shielded by their paternalistic media from seeing footage concerning both civilian casualties and our own losses. (She doesn’t mention the strange spectacle of the very American media outlets who endlessly replayed the clip of the American soldier’s body being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu treating al-Jazeera as a pariah for showing film of some US POWs.)
I wish I were certain that the expulsion of Philip Smucker of the Christian Science Monitor had to do with indiscretion about operational details rather than competence and independence. Whether justified or not, it’s certainly a reminder to the “embeds” that their capacity to keep working is entirely at the mercy of the Pentagon.