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Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Ted Koppel believes American victory in war is more important than reporting truth
Last Wednesday Ted Koppel of Nightline said that believe the U.S. military should censor journalists from reporting information if that information could jeopardize U.S. troops, reports Cynthia Cotts in this week’s Village Voice.
Although Cotts doesn’t point it out, what Koppel is really saying is that successful war campaigns by the U.S. military are more important than getting facts out to the public and that efforts in these two endeavors come into conflict that the success of the military should come first.
I’m not so naïve as to think that the biases of reporters can ever be completely neutralized and given how popular the “war on terror” is amongst Americans it should come as no surprise that some journalists want to report in ways that support that war. Still I think if Koppel and others feel this way that they should be honest with their audiences and say something to the effect of, “I support the United States of America in its war. I do not want my reporting or those I work with to weaken war campaigns and if I feel that it could in any way, I would not want to share this reporting with you."