Skip to comments.Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings Admit They Would Help Enemy Kill U.S. Soldiers To "Get Story!"
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.
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.
American CASUALTIES in Iraq
They can come looking for a story at my place. They'll be on the front page the next day.
I'd probably go to jail for saying who I would sacrifice for a story.
Isn't it just great these American soldiers provide Mr. Wallace and Mr. Jennings the freedom to be "journalists"?
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.
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?
Take a peek at reply #7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Mike Wallace went on to say " I'm not an American".
End of story.
Thanks for the refresher.
a little more reading on turncoats Jennings and Wallace. It's really too bad that Wallace wasn't the one with the memos.
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.
Is this the same guy on FNS?
Read further. Jennings reconsiders and says he agrees with the others after they state their opinions.
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.
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.
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.
"My personal feelings; if you're not an American first, you're not an American."
The difference between liberals and conservatives expressed so well!
"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."
Payback's a b***h, MSM.
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 theyre lying there wounded. And theyre going to expect Im going to send Marines up there to get them. Theyre just journalists. Theyre not Americans. Is that a fair reaction? You cant have it both ways. But Ill do it. And thats what makes me so contemptuous of them. Marines will die going to get (grippingly) a couple of journalists."
Thanks. I (obviously) missed that part.
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.
This is Mike Wallace. His son, Chris, is on FNS.
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.
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.
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!!
Jenninhs CHANGED his mind after Mike Wallace said he was a Journalist FIRST....so then Jennigs said Oh Yeah.
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
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.