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Former soldier Ralph Peters has carved out quite a niche for himself in the world of publishing. His work regularly lands on the pages of The New York Post and has cropped up in USA Today. He's even a special contributor to Fox News.
In his latest essay, in a segment titled "The killers without guns," Peters suggests that the media is responsible for "saving" Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, but that media had "failed to defeat" the U.S. government's charge toward Iraq.
Pretending to be impartial, the self-segregating personalities drawn to media careers overwhelmingly take a side, and that side is rarely ours. Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media. Perceiving themselves as superior beings, journalists have positioned themselves as protected-species combatants. But freedom of the press stops when its abuse kills our soldiers and strengthens our enemies. Such a view arouses disdain today, but a media establishment that has forgotten any sense of sober patriotism may find that it has become tomorrow's conventional wisdom.
But freedom of the press stops when its abuse kills our soldiers and strengthens our enemies.
Originally posted by Solomons
reply to post by xxpigxx
Journalism has a key role in war,it lets we the public know what atrocities are being commited so they can be held accountable for their actions.Journalists know the risks when they enter a warzone but they do it for exactly the reasons i posted.MSM obviously lie and are very bias but journalists who are on the frontline for the most part are true journalists giving people thousands of miles away information that is key for any country or society that is engaged in a war.
[edit on 27-5-2009 by Solomons]
Originally posted by xxpigxx
Honestly, I do not think journalists need to be on the battlefield.