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Iraq: Bird is the Word

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Published on Aug 20, 2006

The Surfin' Bird (Forty-two Years Later)

My choice of The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird (1963) was an ode to Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.

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My original 2006 note on this video that I still feels applies today:

Why do our reporters hold back? Should this footage be readily available? Why does CNN think kicking in doors is good video reporting? The Army doesn't need to censor reporters, the reporters are already censored; self-censorship or maybe the broadcasters feel viewers can't handle strong images... I find the journalistic environment troubling. Regardless of politics, Americans support the war, voluntarily or involuntarily through tax dollars, and consequently we need to see reality. We don't. I think that's a crime within itself. All the rest is commentary.

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