Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Media and the military

An editorial in today's Wall Street Journal suggests that Newsweek's blunderous story about flushing a Koran wasn't an honest mistake. Rather it's part of a basic media mistrust for the military that goes back to Vietnam. The editorial concludes:
We have all been reading a great deal lately about both the decline of media credibility, and the decline of both TV news viewership and newspaper circulation. Any other industry looking at such trends would conclude that perhaps there is a connection. Certainly a press corps that wants readers to forgive its own mistakes might start by showing a little more respect and understanding for the men and women who risk their lives to defend the country.

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