June 4, 2005

Required Reading

TBogg has a post which stands out among his routinely excellent (and funny) work. It starts off with a recounting of Ben Stein's attempt to villify Mark Felt, but concludes with something that should be posted on every wall across the country. Read it here.


At 6/05/2005 10:34 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

For those of us who remember the news coverage of the Vietnam war there was some pivotal moments that the press reported quite responsibly that I believe turned the tide of public opinion when people saw them during that war.

The image of the young girl (about 10 yrs old) running naked from her home with her clothes blasted from her burned body crying as our military devestated her village in vietnam. Who still remembers that vividly to this day? I do.

The hundreds of students active in protests on and off campus against the vietnam war with signs showing their feelings like "stop war" and peace symbols drawn on them. What a heart stopping image that was. Where are the youth now? Maybe today's youngsters are all at College Republican events extolling the virtues of our President and agreeing we are winning that war on terror - or at the YPN events talking about empty headed stuff? How sad.

Well the fighting in Vietnam was in the dense jungles. The fighting in Iraq is in the city streets. Thus we see only what the "embedded" journalists can get past the censors for any reports. As dangerous as it is for our journalists to cover the Iraq war, I am sure it was far worse in Vietnam.

What do you suppose is different in the way this war is covered vs. Vietnam? Surely there are war images the US media does not or can not report (without corporate permission) - I think I have seen some BBC reports that come close to the reporting of the 60s and 70s. But CNN and FOX? We only see the SUVs and the families hugging the soldiers (only the ones without injury) when they come home.

Back in the days before Cable TV we listed to Cronkite and were all informed daily. Now there are many choices and the outlets with the best marketing get the uneducated masses to view their scholck true or not - spun their own way.

At 6/05/2005 12:02 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well put. I'd add the stunning images and events of Kent State to your list of media events that served to turn the country against the war as well.

Oddly enough, when I was writing a weekly piece for a progressive national website, one of my readers happened to be going to Kent State and was at the protest march when the tragedy happened. I got to correspond with her about it, and I can't imagine witnessing your own government murdering one of your classmates.
What would be the reaction if something like that happened today?


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home