April 24, 2004


Walter Wallis

I wonder how many armed security guards Ernie Pyle or Bill Mauldin had?


Ernie Pyle had every GI as a bodyguard. They loved and adored him. Of course he was their friend and extremely loyal to them. He didn't think much of the generals though. Telling the story of the regulare GI was his personal mission, he could have cared less about the rest. He also wasn't interested in all the accolades and attention lavished on him. He is an interesting study that I use with my students as part of my World War II unit in American History. If only todays press could take some cues from him. Admittedly he ignored war strategy, but he told the home folks what their men were enduring, including death. One of his most famous columns is about Capt. Waskow, who was KIA in Italy and the reaction of his men to his death, very moving and powerful.


But I bet that death was put into a context that explained what gave it meaning for those men.

Gordon Daugherty

Pyle was what they would now call 'embedded'; he moved and lived with the 'dogfaces'. As a boy in the '50s, I read two of his books which I realized later were just collections of his columns. The thing I remember most clearly was that, in each dispatch, he would list the name and hometown of each soldier who was there with him.

A specific thing I remember was a column in which he compiled all the different ways the soldiers tried to pronounce the name of the sulfa powder they were issued to put on wounds (it was probably 'sulfanilamide', but I'm not sure).

Richard Heddleson

The most shocking thing about this post is that Jordan is still in his job. That his superiors think he has any credibility speaks to theirs.


Click on the URL to go to a link of the Waskow column.


I'm glad you posted this transcript.

I was headed to the computer to e-mail Lehrer about the lack of questions about Jordan's complicity, the crocodile tears that I found deeply offensive, the slant he was giving. Then, I remembered that the two main reasons I knew that were his own letter (which he didn't seem to see as making him so compromised that I,for one, will never again listen to CNN and believe anything they are saying) and Burns' reporting. So, I figured, at least Lehrer was trying to give some balance by putting the two up. But, of course, it was not really balanced and unless Eason's past performance is in the back of a listener's mind than his words don't seem the cheap psychobabble reporters-as-martyrs crap that it is.

john marzan

The Jihadist are dumb to target western journalists inside Iraq. Notice that CNN World and the BBC have been covering less and less stories on Iraq recently.

If the Western Journalist can't go outside their hotels for fear of being attacked by anti-coalition forces, then how can report and show videos of the "worsening situation" inside Iraq to the American audiences?

Don't these jihadists know that the anti-Bush, pro-left Media is one of their best "allies" in spreading their anti-Coalition, anti-Bush propaganda?


It depends. On the surface they may have overplayed their hand, but it depends how many "it's now so unsafe we can no longer even do our jobs!" stories we get. Additionally, they seem to have, at least some of them, switched to a strategy of hostage taking. It isn't working: I am stunned by how little coverage the hostages are getting. If that hostage were a journalist, though, things would be very different.

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