Full metal straitjacket

Carlyon, Patrick
August 2005
Bulletin with Newsweek;8/16/2005, Vol. 123 Issue 6483, p79
The article focuses on the television program "Enemy Image." America's military ran scared from scrutiny after Vietnam. The death of the nation's sons was meant to be glorious, no matter how ambiguous the motives for the conflict. Instead, reporters such as Morley Safer, from CBS, filed stories of soldiers burning down villages while women and children looked on. Public opinion turned: years later, conservatives added two plus two and came up with TV as the reason the war was lost. Now TV reportage is straitjacketed by military spin and the changing nature of the medium itself. News TV must fill up hours and hours of air time. If reporters can't get facts, networks must rely on the official line.


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