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Author Topic:   Is the media hurting the war?
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06-29-2007 9:44 PM

I recently had a discussion with a neoconservative about the "war on terror" and the Iraq war. His central claim was that the American media has undermined the war effort, and he advocated a media restriction for wartime affairs.

He said that the media has blurted out every policy and tactic that we propose; this is akin to "telling the defense what play the offense will run." He also claimed that if America had had today's media during World War II, we would be "speaking German right now." Imagine having Normandy on the evening news across the country, he said. Would the people have supported the war effort?

I personally think that restricting the media is a dangerous idea, but I couldn't help but be shaken by some of his examples, particularly the World War II example. Is the media hurting the war effort? Do we really need to know everything that happens on the ground?

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06-29-2007 10:29 PM

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