Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Power Of Independent News Sources

"The Pentagon had clamped down on press coverage [of Operation Desert Storm] so that viewers saw only what the commanders wanted them to see. The decision to control the news was made early in the strategy sessions. Many in the military believed that they had lost Vietnam because an independent press corps, which had been allowed to travel to the countryside unsupervised, reported whatever they saw. The commanders felt the stories had been so negative that Americans turned against the military mission of the war and made it unwinnable. So from the beginning of Desert Storm the generals insisted on a news blackout." -From, "The Family: The Real Story Of The Bush Dynasty" By: Kitty Kelley

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