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I'm tired of the bullshit journalism of the US media agencies. Everything they report is all bullshit! they hype it up too much to the point where you just want them to shut the f**k up! i'm outraged that they would send journalist to ride with US marines, as they fight this war! what kind of BS crap is that?.......in my opinion, the US media is just getting in the way of my boys doing their jobs. the marines have to explain EVERY single thing that they are doing, every step they take, every manuever they preform, they have to explain to the journalist....i find this incredibly stupid! why? well because the US armed forces are broadcasting what they are doing to the entire world. they broadcast where their locations are......i would say more, but my mind is just out of it right now, i just felt like making a poll :biggrin:
 

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This is one area that we've got you beat by a mile. I've been watching both the US and Canadian news broadcasts and I've gotten much more rounded information out of the Canadian ones and more in-theater spots from the US (luckily I don't have CNN, so I'm not subjected to it's brand of BS). Btw, it is spelled "burden". :biggrin:
 

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CNN is pissing me off. It is the most boring brodcast ever and they are always interrupting their people!!!
 

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This is one area that we've got you beat by a mile. I've been watching both the US and Canadian news broadcasts and I've gotten much more rounded information out of the Canadian ones and more in-theater spots from the US (luckily I don't have CNN, so I'm not subjected to it's brand of BS). Btw, it is spelled "burden". :biggrin:
.....well i don't watch the news on tv
....i prefer reading it in the washington post or listening to it on the radio
.....the only thing i was tv for is cartoons, but instead of cartoons, they had "operation Iraqi freedom" on every friggin local channel!....and i saw how the journalist were right there with the marines or the US army reporting every single detail that happened! what happened to the old days of war? where everything was reported afterwards or written down WITHOUT cameras?.....i mean for godsakes, a marine CH-46 helicopter goes down and the goddamn media pounces on it....soldier casualties IS NOT something you would want to report to the people!.....on top of this MTV pissed me off even more. MTV has NO F**KING CLUE WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT! at least cnn or fox news KNOWS something about what they are talking about....but still, sending in journalists to get in the way of marines? how is a soldier suppose to be effective in war if he's being followed by a goddamn reporter? to me, its more of a risk than an aid.......

....btw, i know how burden is spelled, the O just slipped out
 

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Pretty much every news media channel including the networks are overhyping everything. They are making the war a 24 hr. reality tv show except its nothing but stupid reporters sitting in front of the same images saying the same sh*t over and over. I even saw Oliver North as a reporter for the fox news channel, and dan rather is just old and senile or something he had one of their "expert" specialists talking about which bombs the US is using and he had to have the guy explain to him what GPS is as opposed to the laser guided missiles. I was even more pissed off when the damn news on abc interupted college bball today to show breaking news that has been on every single other channel for the past 24 hours. And I agree USMC*sPiKeY* what the hell are the reporters doing riding along on tanks into Iraq.
 

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It takes forever to get to the point and they are always in people's faces and lives when sometimes they shouldn't be.
 

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I don't believe FOX has much of a clue on anything, it's worse than CNN. At least CNN has the perception of being respectable but their news casters are mainly dimwits who make up as much as they report. They are into the business of news, not the news itself. They'd make movies or shows of world events if they could somehow find a way to make it work on a news station.

CBC might still be subjective on some things, but they're damn good on international stuff. BBC is good too, but I only get BBC Newsworld at dinner time and it's fairly US-oriented.
 

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oh, no doubt that BBC is a great news and journalism resource.....its just i hate the US media! if i find out that i have a damn journalist riding with my platoon, im leavin the journalist to do some investigative report out in the middle of the desert....lets see if he/she can investigate their way back to the city
 

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Short and simple: American Mass media = bad
I agree with the Dude. Seriously man I watched the new last night and it sucked balls. There was nothing else to watch and everyone was showing the same thing. "Battlefield" images using those same crap ass video phones that portray about 1 frame a second. They are horrible. I love how they try to explain the images too.... All I see is a green blotch with a few lighter green spots on it. Somehow this is great technology.
 

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I can see that it is in your own interest to be moderate with releasing information to the public when you are engaged in a war at that moment: it should not compromise the lifes of the soldiers fighting.
But at the same time, in a democratic nation, the government has to open to it's civilians: it's thier democratic duty.

There's a saying that goes: "The first victim in a war is the truth"
Unfortunately, I've seen this come true a bit too often, and this war isn't any different... :sad:
It's a sad thing you many people on this planet need NGC or Discovery to figure out what really happened, many years later
 

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But at the same time, in a democratic nation, the government has to open to it's civilians: it's thier democratic duty.
yea, its called 'Debriefing'
.....i don't understand why the american media can't wait till the war is over so the government figure can 'debrief the nation'.......i mean its ok to hear a tremendous update from the battlefield once in a while, but 24-friggin hours a day?
 

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People want to know, and have the right to know what's going on with their fellow countrymen, especially in times of war
 

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People want to know, and have the right to know what's going on with their fellow countrymen, especially in times of war
but if they know TOO much, then they overhype it, which is bad
 

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Judazzz said:
People want to know, and have the right to know what's going on with their fellow countrymen, especially in times of war
but if they know TOO much, then they overhype it, which is bad
They say that the truth is the first victim of war, and that's a damn shame.
In my opinion, let popular demand determine how much information is released (that's true democracy, well part of it). Of course I'm not talking about sensitive info that might compromise the safety of the troops on the battlefield, but about all the rest.
 

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i just hope that the media gets in harms way THEN they know NOT to go out in the battlefield and wait for the debriefing by the pentagon boys
 
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