Would You Sell Out D-Day . . . for a Pulitzer?

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Would you sell out the American soldier for a Pulitzer Prize? No? Ben Bradlee would.

My friend Gary Bauer tells this story:

A number of years ago at the National Press Club I had the opportunity to ask Ben Bradlee, then executive editor of The Washington Post, what he would have done if he found out ahead of time about the D-Day invasion to liberate Europe.

Would the Post have printed the story?

Bradlee’s answer took a while, but the bottom line was . . .

“yes.”

I think this story is important for what it tells us about American media culture. Ben Bradlee is the godfather. And he set the bar for the Linda Foley’s — and the Newsweek editors — who have followed him.

Update: Tim Schmoyer’s Sysiphean Musings has a must read at Patriotic Journalism. He writes, “Let’s face it, calling a journalist patriotic is an insult, a casting out term among the tribe, in the same vein as “true believer”. See more on the “tribe” — his excellent word — at “And the Left Wonders Why the Country Thinks They Are Anti-Military?

Thanks to Greyhawk for Open Post at Mudville Gazette. . .

Learn what the commo officer said on a Pont du Hoc progress report at Daisy Cutter

Eric’s Grumbles Before the Grave honors the Greatest Generation without politics

other links to:

TMH Bacon Bits

RightWingNutHouse

Update: Jackson’s Junction has more choice words on journalists.

Update: Media Slander has letter to The Newspaper Guild

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3 Responses

  1. June 6, 1944

    But, all these memories will soon be lost, like tears in rain.

  2. Jack Yoest says:

    What Is The One Thing You Will Never Get From A Reporter?

    “Off the Record. Deep Background. Not for Attribution.” These phrases usually will protect a source. But always? The recent indictment of Scooter Libby reminded Your Business Blogger that there is one thing you will never get from a reporter….

  3. Jack Yoest says:

    What Is The One Thing You Will Never Get From A Reporter?

    “Off the Record. Deep Background. Not for Attribution.” These phrases usually will protect a source. But always? The recent indictment of Scooter Libby reminded Your Business Blogger that there is one thing you will never get from a reporter….

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