Thursday, July 21, 2016

"...over forty years ago, we deliberately abandoned hundreds of POWs in Vietnam..."

Via Jonathan via WRSA via SFC Barry

 Sydney H. Schanberg, center, in Cambodia, August 1973
 Sydney H. Schanberg, center, in Cambodia, August 1973

The death on Saturday of Sydney Schanberg at age 82 should sadden us not only for the loss of one of our most renowned journalists but also for what his story reveals about the nature of our national media.

Syd had made his career at the New York Times for 26 years, winning a Pulitzer Prize, two George Polk Memorial awards, and numerous other honors. His passing received the notice it deserved, with the world’s most prestigious broadsheet devoting nearly a full page of its Sunday edition to his obituary, a singular honor that in this degraded era is more typically reserved for leading pop stars or sports figures. Several photos were included of his Cambodia reporting, which had become the basis for the Oscar-winning film The Killing Fields, one of Hollywood’s most memorable accounts of our disastrous Indo-Chinese War.

But for all the 1,300 words and numerous images charting his long and illustrious journalistic history, not even a single mention was made of the biggest story of his career, which has seemingly vanished down the memory hole without trace. And therein lies a tale.

Could a news story ever be “too big” for the media to cover?

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Last week America suffered the loss of Sydney Schanberg, widely regarded as one of the greatest journalists of his generation. Yet as I’d previously noted, when I read his long and glowing obituary in the New York Times, I was shocked to see that it included not a single word concerning the greatest story of his career, which had been the primary focus of the last quarter century of his research and writing.

The cynical abandonment of hundreds of American POWs at the end of the Vietnam War must surely rank as one of the most monumental scandals of modern times, and the determined effort of the mainstream media to maintain this enormous governmental cover-up for over four decades raises serious doubts about whether we can believe what our newspapers report about anything else.

2 comments:

  1. indyjonesouthereJuly 21, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    This is why I have no respect for the "greatest generation" politicians. They looked out for themselves and getting re-elected. They sabotaged every effort made by S.Viets to improve their lives and at home they made every effort to subsidize failure. Goldwater was the only hope on the Republican side and I never saw anyone of the Democratic side that could correct the chaos. It reminds me of our current political situation.

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    1. Yes, I voted for Goldwater and "Bomb Hanoi" LeMay :) as I was just old enough.

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