NEVER FORGET that in an Ethics in Government Roundtable, the question to Mike Wallace was "if you KNEW that a platoon of the ENEMY was just over the hill ready to KILL American soldiers, would you WARN the American soldiers? Absolutely NOT! was his answer...I'M a JOURNALIST FIRST!! and Peter Jennings changed his answer and AGREED with Wallace. The Generals on the panel were STUNNED!
To: Ann Archy
Just to back you up: I saw this exchange on the MEU station in Jacksonville , Alabama in the 1980's. (I have forgotten what "MEU" means.) To say the least, I was shocked that someone who owes his present status to the US Constitution and to the way we "do things" here, would make such a stupid, unthinking statement.
To Dan Rather's credit, I heard Rather a couple of years later on CSPAN, during a speech he made to journalism students at Sam Houston State University (Rather's alma mater), completely and undeniably refute what Mike Wallace said. To be sure he didn't mention Wallace, but Rather did refute what Wallace said.
I guess I've been watching FOX too much--"I report, you decide".
To: Ann Archy
This is exactly why the military must maintain a news blackout when it comes to the campaign against terrorism. Today's elite media plays the game "we got it first" all the time. They can't wait to spill the beans. So what if American lives are at stake. Just ask Mike Wallace. If it is more important to the media to appear unbiased (what a joke) than to be patriotic Americans - then, by God, Bush and company should tell them nothing.
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