Embedded Correspondants and media coverage

Hi All,
Sorry if this has been dealt with elsewhere but I can't find it if it is.
As a soldier from the generation of puttees and shirts KF, I was wondering what current serving lads (and lasses) think of the correspondants who are dumped on them and how those people have coped and how what they are witness to looks after they have done their bit of editing and articles go into print or on the TV.
Is the consensus of opinion that these people are doing a good job and is what is happening being accurately represented in the media ?
How are these people viewed by service personnel in theatre ? A nuisance or a necessary evil or an irrelevance ?
I'm talking here about overseas and not the pondscum such as seen tonight on TV whereby they 'infiltrate' a training unit to 'uncover' beasting. That guy should be made to honour the oath he made and then let his colleagues know who he is and what he's done.
You may find this interesting, A photographer "embedded" with the Russians during their latest adventure

CAUTION Photos not for the squeamish!


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