Counting the Reasons to Defund
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Introduction: Why Defund?
- Everyday Christian Terrorists
- Praise for Qaddafi
- Wishing Helms Dead
- Wishing Clarence Thomas Dead
- Press Vs. America
- Christians, Please Evaporate
- Flag Pins Are Communist
- Communists Make Better Christians
- Saint Anita Hill?
- Gay PBS Porn
- America's Rotten Century
- Journalists First, Americans Second
- Impeach Bush Now
- Pro-Life 'Terrorism'
- 'Planetary Death' by 2000?
- 'Ecstasy' for Castro
- Ashamed of America
- Cozy With Clinton
- Reagan Campaign Kooky Conspiracy
- NPR Vs. O'Reilly
Journalists First, Americans Second
12. PBS journalism panel presses Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings to agree they would need to sell out American troops to maintain journalistic integrity (1989).
On the PBS series Ethics in America on March 7, 1989, Harvard professor Charles Ogletree led the nationâ€™s leading journalists into a chilling discovery. In a future war involving U.S. soldiers, what would a TV reporter do if he learned the enemy troops with which he was traveling were about to launch a surprise attack on an American unit? ABC anchor Peter Jennings and CBS correspondent Mike Wallace agreed: getting ambush footage came first.
Ogletree set up a theoretical war between â€śNorth Kosanâ€ť and U.S.-supported â€śSouth Kosan.â€ť At first Jennings responded: â€śIf I was with a North Kosanese unit that came upon Americans, I think I personally would do what I could to warn the Americans.â€ť Wallace countered that other reporters, including himself, â€śwould regard it simply as another story that they are there to cover.â€ť Jenningsâ€™ position bewildered Wallace: â€śIâ€™m a little bit of a loss to understand why, because you are an American, you would not have covered that story.â€ť
â€śDonâ€™t you have a higher duty as an American citizen to do all you can to save the lives of soldiers rather than this journalistic ethic of reporting fact?â€ť Ogletree asked. Without hesitating Wallace responded: â€śNo, you donâ€™t have higher duty...Youâ€™re a reporter.â€ť This persuaded Jennings, who changed his view: â€śI think heâ€™s right, too. I chickened out.â€ť
Military advisers and generals on the panel suggested â€śyouâ€™re Americans first, and youâ€™re journalists second.â€ť Wallace remained mystified by the concept, wondering â€śwhat in the world is wrong with photographing this attack by North Kosaneseon American soldiers?â€ť
Later, Ogletree noted the â€śvenomous reactionâ€ť from George Connell, a Marine Corps colonel, who angrily declared: â€śI feel utter contempt. Two days later theyâ€™re both walking off my hilltop, theyâ€™re 200 yards away and they get ambushed. And theyâ€™re lying there wounded. And theyâ€™re going to expect Iâ€™m going to send Marines up there to get them. Theyâ€™re just journalists, theyâ€™re not Americans....And Marines will die, going to get a couple of journalists.â€ť