Thursday, April 20, 2006

The News Media and War Coverage

Regular reader, frequent commenter, and friend of this blog Harold Hutchison has written this piece for Strategypage on how today's media would have covered the Doolittle raid. Here's a taste:

New York Times, April 19, 1942: "AIR RAID ON TOKYO. In what the Roosevelt
Administration described as retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Army Air Corps launched an attack on Tokyo from an undisclosed location. The attack, using the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber, was described as a success, even though preliminary estimates indicate that little, if any, damage was done. . . ."

The whole thing is wonderful.


Blogger The Kosher Hedgehog said...

In today's climate, the Los Angeles Times would have called for immediate opening of negotiations with Japan, and a staged withdrawal of U.S. troops and ships from Hawaii.

Posted by Kosher Hedgehog

Friday, April 21, 2006 6:22:00 AM  

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