What If TV News Had Covered D-Day?

Written by Rusty Cawley

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Peter Jennings: “We now are receiving reports fromrepparttar small French village of St. Mere Eglise, where we understand Allied paratroopers began to drop last night. The news from there is dire. Scores of U.S. paratroopers have accidentally landed inrepparttar 126031 town square and are being slaughtered by German soldiers beforerepparttar 126032 Americans can free themselves from their parachutes. Now we go to Katie Couric for a preview of this morning’s ‘Today Show.’ I’m not sure why we’re going to Katie Couric, since she works for NBC, but such isrepparttar 126033 fog of war. Katie?”

Katie Couric: “Thank you, Peter. This morning on ‘Today’ we will askrepparttar 126034 question that is on every American’s mind: Is Operation Overlordrepparttar 126035 first Allied failure against Adolf Hitler? For that answer, we turn to NBC’s chief military analyst, Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey. What is your take, General?”

Gen. Barry McCaffrey: “Paratroopers are missing their targets. Landing craft are arriving late. And now we are getting estimates that as many as 14,000 French civilians will die in this brutal, fruitless attack uponrepparttar 126036 European continent. What can I say? If Operation Overlord was to have any chance at all against these formidable German defenses, everything had to go perfectly. Instead, everything has gone haywire. The Roosevelt Administration must accept that this mission has failed, that we cannot possibly mount another operation of this magnitude, and that we must consider suing for peace with Hitler. This morning, Katie, I truly fear for America.”

Katie Couric: “Speaking of fear, don’t miss tonight’s breathtaking episode of ‘Fear Factor’. Sharerepparttar 126037 thrills as that ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ James Cagney attempts to tap dance blindfolded atop a 70-foot flagpole while Hollywood starlet Tallulah Bankhead confronts her loathing of clothing. That’s all tonight. …”

Copyright 2003 by W.O. Cawley Jr.

Rusty Cawley is a 20-year veteran journalist who serves as a news strategist for private enterprises in the United States. To comment on this article, write him at rustycawley@prrainmaker.com or visit his Web site at www.rustycawley.com.

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.

Written by Arthur Snell

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·No organization protested (PTA, School Boards, Teachers, parents etc. etc. · The bill was proposed by a member of a politically potent ethic minority and, inrepparttar present climate of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity of course {“whitey” would grovel and vote for a bill clearly against their best interest as well asrepparttar 126030 interests ofrepparttar 126031 students

This is just one more example ofrepparttar 126032 failure of what we laughingly call DEMOCRACY. Democracy is like a wheelbarrow, you know. It doesn’t work unless you get behind it and apply some effort. Fail to do this and you forfeit your bitching and whining rights.

Retired high school science teacher.

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