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The First Casualty - History of the War Correspondent

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Published on Sep 25, 2017

Author Phillip Knightly talks about the history of the war correspondent from Crimea to Vietnam.

It's always been a struggle between reporters who want to get their story out and the military that wants to control what's reported.

Vietnam was the first war where reporters had a great deal of freedom. Post Vietnam we saw the Pentagon clamp down.

The worst example of censorship was WWI where Hemingway said, "You either wrote propaganda or went home."

According to Knightly the tragedy of WWI is that if the military had allowed the press to accurately report on the carnage the public would have been horrified and it's likely the war would have been halted. Probably without the punitive treaty of Versailles that laid the groundwork for WWII.

Truth matters.

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