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From the beat of the distant drum …

It was January of 1991, and in the hotel conference room in Dharhan, Saudi Arabia, the US general turned away from the overhead projection screen, completing the briefing to the assembled international media and inviting questions. Across the world, millions of people watching and listening via satellite had been drawn into the story told by the general's words and the pictures projected onto the screen from the on-board ‘smart bomb’ cameras. The world had seen graphic pictures illustrating the latest round of sorties of Operation Desert Storm on Iraq, which had taken place only hours before. This briefing in the Persian Gulf conflict was yet another example of satellite newsgathering giving audiences ...

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