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Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings Admit They Would Help Enemy Kill U.S. Soldiers To "Get Story!"
Fred Friendly seminars ^ | Mike Wallace

Posted on 10/03/2004 2:15:01 PM PDT by MindBender26

This is not new, but deserves re-telling

A few years ago, Peter Jennings, Mike Walace, Gen Westmoreland (Ret.) and about a dozen others participated in a PBS round table discussion of American media covering the war. Dan Rather was not there.

In this program, Mike Wallace admitted that he would let American soldiers die so he could "get the story." He later described the event to Charlie Gibson.

- - - Start Mike Wallace interview with Charlie Gibson. - - - -

"It was one of those Fred Friendly seminars on television and the hypothetical (question) was that Jennings, Wallace, got the opportunity to go out on patrol with .. a North Vietnamese patrol in the Vietnam war .. with a camera crew and so forth. All of a sudden about 150 yards away, they suddenly realized there's a South Vietnamese patrol coming and with them maybe half a dozen American advisors.

"Now here you are. You're an American, you're a reporter, you've finally gotten the opportunity to cover this story, and suddenly you see South Vietnamese and more important ... Americans there too. The questioner, Charlie Ogletree, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School .. said to Mr. Jennings, "Peter, what do you do?" Peter thought for a full 10 or 15 seconds and then said, "Well, I'd probably lose my life for doing it, but I would call, I would shout, and I would warn my American countrymen what was about to happen to them, that they were about to walk into an ambush."

"Charlie turns to me. "Mr. Wallace, what about yourself?" Well, I am a contrarian by nature. Mind you, this is live on tape, and it's going to be broadcast and you're thinking oh, come on. I say, "I'm a reporter. I'm a reporter here to cover this story." It didn't occur to me at that moment that I'd undoubtedly get killed the way that Jennings thought he was going to get killed if he were to shout. But when you are covering a story of that nature or any nature, what are you first? You are, in my estimation, a reporter."

"Incidentally, I was sitting beside, on the panel, General William Westmoreland who looked at me like a hair in his soup."

"Jennings listened to me and said, 'You know something? I'm sorry I didn't think it through correctly. Mike was right. We are reporters first."

---- end of Mike Wallace interview - - -

Mike Wallace went on to say " I'm not an American first, I'm a reporter first.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: journalism; mikewallace
This is not a joke or urban legend. The video is available.

Next time some no-nothing tells you that themedia are not leftist, Anti-Americans, remind them of this.

In 2004, they sit and wringtheir hands about American in Iraq. A few years ago, they were willing to cause those casualties.

My personal feelings; if you're not an American first, you're not an American.

1 posted on 10/03/2004 2:15:01 PM PDT by MindBender26
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To: MindBender26

American CASUALTIES in Iraq


2 posted on 10/03/2004 2:16:02 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Al Queda, Taliban, Dan Rather, Jessie Jackson, Osama Bin Laden ..... Same ilk, different uniforms.)
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To: MindBender26

They can come looking for a story at my place. They'll be on the front page the next day.


3 posted on 10/03/2004 2:16:04 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Pay no attention to the Nattering Newbies of Negativism)
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To: MindBender26

I'd probably go to jail for saying who I would sacrifice for a story.


4 posted on 10/03/2004 2:18:24 PM PDT by IamJustright
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To: MindBender26

Isn't it just great these American soldiers provide Mr. Wallace and Mr. Jennings the freedom to be "journalists"?


5 posted on 10/03/2004 2:19:52 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: MindBender26
Mike Wallace went on to say " I'm not an American first, I'm a reporter first.

So he's a . . stateless American?

And, obviously, they have aided in the killing of US troops, even in Afganistan and Iraq by their coverage which favors the enemy.

6 posted on 10/03/2004 2:22:02 PM PDT by sevry
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To: MindBender26


And it was the URINALISTS just so they could get the next sad news story for the front page or start of the TV news.

7 posted on 10/03/2004 2:22:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: MindBender26

So, like, why do you think these reporters get to hang out with the enemy so often? Do you think Ernie Pyle would have been able to sit down with Hitler?


8 posted on 10/03/2004 2:23:23 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: MindBender26
BUMP
9 posted on 10/03/2004 2:24:11 PM PDT by Thom Pain (Quisling - from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), a synonym for "traitor")
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To: NY Attitude

Take a peek at reply #7


10 posted on 10/03/2004 2:25:26 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: sevry

Peter Jennings is a Canadian who should go back there, Mike Wallace is an incontinent old fool who should relocate. I agree with the others, I could give them a story if they`d like.


11 posted on 10/03/2004 2:26:37 PM PDT by infidel29
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To: MindBender26
Mike Wallace went on to say " I'm not an American, I'm a Communist!"
12 posted on 10/03/2004 2:26:57 PM PDT by FesterUSMC (If you don't have the hammer your going to be the anvil, and I would rather be the hammer!FesterUSMC)
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To: MindBender26

Just remember who some of the "sources" are that they protect, and this is no surprise.

I remember about a case several years ago where the reporter went to jail for contempt for refusing to name a source who was either witness to, or complicit in, a murder. Several others over the years.

Can't compromise a confidential source, you know; that might have a chilling effect and all that rot.

Only chilling effect I want for the "reporters" who subscribe to this "ethic" is their body cooling at the end of a rope.


13 posted on 10/03/2004 2:33:51 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: MindBender26
This is not a joke or urban legend.

It is NOT a joke or urban legend.

I recall very well how shocked and angry I was to hear the media willing to sacrifice our American military for a story. I'll never forgive them for that.

14 posted on 10/03/2004 2:36:20 PM PDT by Lucy Lake
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To: MindBender26

I remember seeing that PBS Roundtable, MindBender. I believe that it was hosted by Dr. Benno Schmidt.

One of the major topics was a hypothetical regarding Pathfinders on the beach prior to Invasion.

Would members of the media announce to the world that the Pathfinders were on the way? To a man, every member of the media at the Roundtable replied "Yes'.

I forget which admiral replied "You'd have a real hard time doing it from the brig!"

Another hypothetical was the possibility of an American reporter having knowlege of an ambush. Should the reporter be required to let American forces know of the impeding attack? Again, the answer was an unanimous. But "No!"

The hypothetical was taken a step further. In that, should US forces be used to free the reporter after the ambush had occurred and prisoners were taken.

Again, a unamimous "Yes!".

Personally, I'd have busted in on the Bad Guys. Then put a bullet in Mike Wallace's forehead. But that's just me.

Jack.


15 posted on 10/03/2004 2:40:42 PM PDT by Jack Deth (Mostly Harmless)
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To: MindBender26

I watched the entire sickening thing on PBS. If this is the one I believe it is it was hosted by a Harvard Prof. Wallace flat out said that he would not warn Americans of an ambush if he were with an enemy unit as a reporter. He's an absolutre POS. Ask Patty Hearst if this way of thinking really works, Mikey.


16 posted on 10/03/2004 2:40:59 PM PDT by marineguy
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To: SandRat
Thanks, I saw the video. It is amazing that Mike Wallace and cohorts are still walking around. There patriotism is definitley in question.

As for the Gold Star Banner, my condolenscences to the families that are portrayed by this symbol. During WWII my Grandparents had a flag with 6 Blue Stars. Fortunately they all came back alive.
17 posted on 10/03/2004 2:41:07 PM PDT by NY Attitude
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To: MindBender26

I saw the PBS show. Here is the rest of the story. I am paraphrasing this, but it is essentially true.

The moderator later asked one of the military officers what he would do if a journalist was caught in a crossfire and the enemy was shooting at him (the reporter). Would he risk the lives of American soldiers to rescue him? Without missing a beat, the officer replied, "Of course not, he's not an American, he's a journalist." After a short pause, he said "Of course we would try to rescue him. We have a different code we live by."

A few of the journalist on the panel, to their credit, looked humiliated.


18 posted on 10/03/2004 2:41:12 PM PDT by coramdeo
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To: MindBender26

Let's change the scenario. The reporters are on patrol with the old South African government. They come upon Nelson Mandela's militia about to be ambushed. What do they do?


19 posted on 10/03/2004 2:41:26 PM PDT by John Thornton
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To: MindBender26
Mike Wallace went on to say " I'm not an American first, I'm a reporter first.

Correction:

Mike Wallace went on to say " I'm not an American".
End of story.

20 posted on 10/03/2004 2:45:28 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: MindBender26

Thanks for the refresher.


21 posted on 10/03/2004 2:50:30 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: MindBender26

a little more reading on turncoats Jennings and Wallace. It's really too bad that Wallace wasn't the one with the memos.

http://www.mediaresearch.org/mediawatch/1989/watch19890401.asp

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/press/vanities/fallows.html


22 posted on 10/03/2004 2:52:43 PM PDT by marineguy
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To: sevry

I wonder if Wallace would have tried that dodge on the Nazis during WWII if they had captured him. "Hey, I'm just a reporter not an American Jew" just before they shot him or deported him to a concentration camp.


23 posted on 10/03/2004 2:53:49 PM PDT by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: MindBender26

Is this the same guy on FNS?


24 posted on 10/03/2004 2:54:05 PM PDT by embedded_rebel
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To: MindBender26
The questioner, Charlie Ogletree, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School .. said to Mr. Jennings, "Peter, what do you do?" Peter thought for a full 10 or 15 seconds and then said, "Well, I'd probably lose my life for doing it, but I would call, I would shout, and I would warn my American countrymen what was about to happen to them, that they were about to walk into an ambush."

Am I missing something? Jennings says he would warn the troops. Only Wallace says he wouldn't (whithin the confines of the excerpt). But the title says that BOTH Wallace and Jennings would help an enemy kill US soldiers to get a story.

If I misread this, somebody please clue me in. It looks to me as though Wallace is the only traitor.
25 posted on 10/03/2004 2:54:40 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: DustyMoment

Read further. Jennings reconsiders and says he agrees with the others after they state their opinions.


26 posted on 10/03/2004 2:57:08 PM PDT by John Thornton
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To: John Thornton

Well, if I was the LT or Sgt in charge of the American patrol, after my men had killed all the viet cong gooks, ol mr american reporter would be summarily executed, cameraman too, and left for the birds and bugs.

They didnt think about that.


27 posted on 10/03/2004 3:05:08 PM PDT by Stopislamnow
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To: MindBender26
Having observed Jennings and ABC direct the enemy in shooting down helicopters in IraqII
this is NOT surprising.
28 posted on 10/03/2004 3:10:35 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet.)
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To: MindBender26

Is it not the soldiers job to beat the enemy and would he not be giving aid and comfort to the enemy if he didn't target their reporter?

Most of the soldiers dying in Iraq are being targeted so that their deaths bring maximum propaganda value. Target the reporters and cameramen and the enemy forces wither on the vine. No reporters=no enemy will to fight because they know they can't win a military victory and will only hold out for "victory by demoralization" and we know who their Generals are.

There were no reporters in the Balkans and they admitted that they didn't want to go there for fear of transmitting back images that might demoralize the public resolve for the jihad against the Christian Serbs.


29 posted on 10/03/2004 3:16:00 PM PDT by Jim_Curtis (Liberals lie at the premise, accept their premise and you can only lose the argument.)
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To: MindBender26
What if the next of kin finds out that you (Mike Wallace) allowed their loved one to die so you can get a story. They come to kill you. Should Peter Jennings stop it or should he get the story? I think he should get the story!
30 posted on 10/03/2004 3:18:06 PM PDT by bilhosty
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To: MindBender26

This is exactly what motivates useful idiots in the press, like that NYTimes slime investigative reporter, Peter whathisname, who was accused last week of informing an Al Qaeda front charity that the FBI was about to raid their office. The NYTimes then went to court to protect their reporters phone calls.


31 posted on 10/03/2004 3:21:43 PM PDT by hershey
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To: Jim_Curtis
"Most of the soldiers dying in Iraq are being targeted so that their deaths bring maximum propaganda value. Target the reporters and cameramen and the enemy forces wither on the vine. No reporters=no enemy will to fight because they know they can't win a military victory and will only hold out for "victory by demoralization".

Sounds like good strategy to me. If the soldiers want to do their job first then killing all of the reporters would surely be their priority and their duty. After all allowing soldiers to die to get their story is more important, then the soldiers should kill the reporters, after all their job is More important.
32 posted on 10/03/2004 3:22:33 PM PDT by bilhosty
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To: MindBender26

"My personal feelings; if you're not an American first, you're not an American."

EXACTLY!!!!!!


33 posted on 10/03/2004 3:24:03 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (We have to stop Kerry for our grandkids sake!!!!!!!! GO W)
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To: SandRat

35 posted on 10/03/2004 3:24:23 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: jennyjenny

Well said.

The difference between liberals and conservatives expressed so well!


36 posted on 10/03/2004 3:25:05 PM PDT by landerwy
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To: coramdeo

"Would he risk the lives of American soldiers to rescue him? Without missing a beat, the officer replied, "Of course not, he's not an American, he's a journalist."

LOL!

Payback's a b***h, MSM.


37 posted on 10/03/2004 3:29:22 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Oh, by the way -- thanks for the Internet, Al!)
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To: coramdeo

Here's the transcript:

"Moderator: Colonel Connell, I can see the venomous reaction you are having in hearing all this.

Colonel Connell [USMC]: (Angrily) I feel utter contempt. Two days later they (the reporters – Jennings and Wallace) are both walking off my hilltop and they get ambushed and they’re lying there wounded. And they’re going to expect I’m going to send Marines up there to get them. They’re just journalists. They’re not Americans. Is that a fair reaction? You can’t have it both ways. But I’ll do it. And that’s what makes me so contemptuous of them. Marines will die going to get…(grippingly) a couple of journalists."

http://www.usafa.af.mil/jscope/JSCOPE02/Cassella02.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/876131/posts


38 posted on 10/03/2004 4:18:57 PM PDT by CitizenSailorChief
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To: yankeedame

Nice update!


39 posted on 10/03/2004 4:24:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: John Thornton

Thanks. I (obviously) missed that part.


40 posted on 10/03/2004 4:53:35 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: bilhosty

Well, we did bust off that tank round into the Al-Jizz office in B-diddy during the invasion. Should'a done a lot more of that IMO.

And in the current conflict there's been way too much telling the reporters be at a certain place at a certain time and then have it be an ambush. IOW, what these joiks were discussing has been happening all too frequently.


41 posted on 10/03/2004 5:06:50 PM PDT by johnb838 (John F'n Kerry: Communist Dupe? Or Do-gooder Idiot? You make the call.)
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To: embedded_rebel
Is this the same guy on FNS?

This is Mike Wallace. His son, Chris, is on FNS.

42 posted on 10/03/2004 6:30:30 PM PDT by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
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To: DustyMoment
Jennings really is a coward..
 
Excerpt
 
"I'm a little bit at a loss to understand why, because you're an American, you would not have covered that story." Ogletree pushed Wallace. Didn't Jennings have some higher duty, either patriotic or human, to do something other than just roll film as soldiers from his own country were being shot? "No," Wallace said flatly and immediately. "You don't have a higher duty. No. No. You're a reporter!" Jennings backtracked fast. Wallace was right, he said. "I chickened out." Jennings said that he had gotten so wrapped up in the hypothetical questions that he had lost sight of his journalistic duty to remain detached. As Jennings said he agreed with Wallace, everyone else in the room seemed to regard the two of them with horror.

43 posted on 10/03/2004 6:59:33 PM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: MindBender26

You got that right. Your article brings up something I have been wondering every time we see footage of the terrorists in Irag. If we have footage of guys shooting at our soldiers and innocent people, hiding behind buildings with rpg's etc., Why aren't they dead!!! Who is taking the pictures and why aren't our soldiers allowed to KILL THEM!!!
I think all the tv crews in Irag are putting our soldiers in danger. Excuse the rant.


44 posted on 10/03/2004 7:22:57 PM PDT by 2rightsleftcoast
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To: MindBender26

1 - "This is not a joke or urban legend. The video is available. "

Very true, I remember seeing it originally several years ago, and it blew my mind and any respect for the media.


45 posted on 10/03/2004 7:45:51 PM PDT by XBob (Free-traitors steal our jobs for their profit.)
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To: MindBender26
I have seen this "Roundtable...Ethics in America...or maybe it's Journalism in America...anyway I've seen this show at least two times....and I STILL can't believe Mike Wallace!!! He is DESPICABLE!! And the Military man on the show practically said so!!

I have Also seen a Mike Wallace Auto-biography on TV...maybe celebrating like 50 years on TV or something.....in his OWN words, Mike Wallace is saying to the Ayatollah Khomeni.."Ayaltollak, these words are not mine, but Anwar Sadat....he thinks you are insane!...and a few days later the Ayatollahs men assassinated Sadat". I SWEAR this is ALMOST the excat words!! Hetold the Ayatollah what sadat thought of him so the Ayatollah HAD to save face and have Sadat murdered!! Can you or Any Freeper find the show?? It was Mike Wallace talking about Mike Wallace!! <P.Mike Wallace is DESPICABLE!!

46 posted on 10/03/2004 8:39:10 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: DustyMoment

Jenninhs CHANGED his mind after Mike Wallace said he was a Journalist FIRST....so then Jennigs said Oh Yeah.


47 posted on 10/03/2004 8:43:00 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MindBender26

Westmoreland should have knocked that kommie's teeth out and brain-dead stomped him into the promise land. Oh Hell!! he should have kicked that Kommie cracker to sleep. We should all be Americans first, last and always anything less is totally unacceptable. Bush/Cheney 2004


48 posted on 10/04/2004 4:18:54 AM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (These Colors Never Run( 7.62) "See Ya"ll At The VA Clinic" "Xin Loi My Boy")
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To: No Surrender No Retreat

The USMC O-6 just about did. Westy is too much of a gentleman, and it might have gotten blood on his dress whites. Abrams would have been in fatigues, and kicked his ass.


49 posted on 10/04/2004 5:16:31 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Al Queda, Taliban, Dan Rather, Jessie Jackson, Osama Bin Laden ..... Same ilk, different uniforms.)
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