Thursday, June 15, 2006

Military With First Hand Knowledge Speak About Iraq

I followed a link in the comments at Blue Star Chronicles and found a very interesting article posted at the New Con Blogger. I encourage all to read the entire post.

"Earlier this week I (a Rear Admiral) attended a retired general and flag officer conference at Fort Carson, Colorado."

"Third, the stories that are filed by reporters in the field very seldom reach the American public as written. An anecdote from Col. McMaster illustrates this dramatically. TIME magazine recently sent a reporter to spend six weeks with the 3rd ACR as they were in the battle of Tal Afar. When the battle was over, the reporter filed his story and also included close to 100 pictures that the accompanying photographer took. TIME published a cover story on the battle a week later, allegedly using the story sent in by their reporter. When the issue came out, the guts had been edited out of their reporter's story and none of the pictures he submitted were used. Instead they showed a weeping child on the cover, taken from stock photos. When the reporter questioned why his story was eviscerated, his editors in New York responded that the story and pi ctures were "too heroic". McMaster had read both and told me that the editors had completely changed the thrust and context of the material their reporter had submitted"

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