Scattering Chaff: Canadian Air Power and Censorship During the Kosovo War by Bob BergenScattering Chaff: Canadian Air Power and Censorship During the Kosovo War by Bob Bergen

Scattering Chaff: Canadian Air Power and Censorship During the Kosovo War

byBob Bergen

Paperback | February 28, 2019

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Most Canadians know little, if anything at all, about the role of the Canadian Air Force in the 1999 Kosovo Air War. Yet lives were at put at stake as mission dedication and military skill were pushed to the limit. Some of Canada's most prominent journalists attempted to report on the war, but came away virtually empty handed. Daily briefings given at the National Defence Headquarters provided so little information most Ottawa journalists simply stopped going. The decision of the military to choke Canada's news media was deliberate and based on a tactical and strategic rationale. Scattering Chaff explores the role of the Canadian Air Force in the bombing campaigns of the Kosovo Air War while examining the military's interference with the news media attempting to report to the Canadian public. It explores the ways in which the military has come to manage the media as an element of operational security, mission focus, and of popular opinion. Drawing on in-depth interviews with the war's Canadian participants and a treasure-trove of unpublished documents and photographs, this book is an unprecedented investigation of a little-known conflict and the forces that prevented it from being better known.
Bob Bergen is an adjunct assistant professor at the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. He was a staff journalist at The Albertan from 1976-1980 and the Calgary Herald from 1980-2000. He is the author of Censorship, The Canadian News Media, and Afghanistan.
Title:Scattering Chaff: Canadian Air Power and Censorship During the Kosovo WarFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:February 28, 2019Publisher:University Of Calgary PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:177385030X

ISBN - 13:9781773850306


Table of Contents

Illustrations Abbreviations and Nomeclature Acknowledgments Introduction-Kosovo: Canada?s Unknown Air War 1. A Fearsome Aerial Ballet 2. Planning for War 3. I Cried Every Time It Rained 4. Don?t Go to War Without It 5. The Fog of War 6. Prelude to Censorship: Media, Body Bags, and the Gulf War 7. Like an Overnight International Courier 8. A Blanket of Secrecy 9. Friction and Iron Will 10. On Body Bags and the News Media 11. Canada Missed a Good News Story 12. Homecomings 13. Context-Less Facts, Ambiguity, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies 14. Afterward Notes Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

Bob Bergen has written an extraordinary and compelling account of Canada's participation in the Kosovo Air War. The book is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in what it was like to be in the thick of war, the nature of media coverage and the politics of Canadian involvement. Scattering Chaff is well crafted, deeply researched and a superb read. - David Taras, professor and Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies, Mount Royal University