Right, this isn't the usual rant about how journos are ruining the free world etc Some members of the site (including myself) often feel aggreieved at the treatment of the armed forces in the press, as well as a range of issues with some of their articles. However, I would like to suggest that some of this is "free speech", which should not normally be discouraged. A balanced argument is preferred, but people will read and take away from an article what they want to, you can't force something down their throat. Therefore, this thread can be dedicated to what good you think journalists and the media press have done, as in my mind there is no doubt that they do some good. Quite right a fuss was kicked up yesterday by the article by Martin Samuel (a sports columist by the way) in the Times, here he came across very anti-forces with a "naive" view on society, the public perception of the armed forces and the culture of "violence" that is apparently inherent in any army (you join the army to kill people, therefore army people are bad people). Yet today there were two articles in the Times which I believe helped put a perspective on these issues. One is written by a journalist that was in Al Amarah in January 2004 and the other is reasonably inciteful. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,172-2041183,00.html the second does not appear online for some reason, for those with a copy of the paper it is a leading article in letters to the editor, called "being framed" So basically is all the press against good, honest people, including the armed forces? What are your thoughts on what good they can do and how we may win some of them over to "our side"?