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 nationâs 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 âNorth Kosanâ and U.S.-supported âSouth Kosan.â At first Jennings responded: âIf 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 Wallace countered that other reporters, including himself, âwould regard it simply as another story that they are there to cover.â Jenningsâ position bewildered Wallace: âIâm a little bit of a loss to understand why, because you are an American, you would not have covered that story.â
âDonât 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 Ogletree asked. Without hesitating Wallace responded: âNo, you donât have higher duty...Youâre a reporter.â This persuaded Jennings, who changed his view: âI think heâs right, too. I chickened out.â
Military advisers and generals on the panel suggested âyouâre Americans first, and youâre journalists second.â Wallace remained mystified by the concept, wondering âwhat in the world is wrong with photographing this attack by North Kosaneseon American soldiers?â
Later, Ogletree noted the âvenomous reactionâ from George Connell, a Marine Corps colonel, who angrily declared: âI feel utter contempt. Two days later theyâre both walking off my hilltop, theyâre 200 yards away and they get ambushed. And theyâre lying there wounded. And theyâre going to expect Iâm going to send Marines up there to get them. Theyâre just journalists, theyâre not Americans....And Marines will die, going to get a couple of journalists.â