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Subject: [Leica] Will is win big?
From: walt at (Walt Johnson)
Date: Fri Aug 11 15:33:31 2006
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One of the most important lessons learned by our government in Vietnam 
certainly wasn't how to win hearts and minds. It was the ability to 
control access to situations  we might not want the home front to see. 
Btw where were those influential romantic notions in The Killing Fields?

Nathan Wajsman wrote:

> Without wanting to embark on a a discussion of the merits of Hizbollah 
> vs. Israel (my opinions on that are clearly stated on my blog, and 
> everyone is welcome to comment there), I would like to hear the 
> opinion of the experienced photojournalists here on the quality of the 
> coverage now vs. 30 years ago. It seems to me that the last truly 
> independent coverage of a conflict was in Indochina in the 1970s. 
> Today the reporting and photography by the likes of people mentioned 
> by Walt appears to have been replaced by carefully managed photo ops, 
> embedded reporters and the like. Is that true, or am I just influenced 
> by a romantic notion of the independent reporter as seen in movies 
> like The Killing Fields or All The President's Men?
> Nathan
> Walt Johnson wrote:
>> I certainly respect many of the men and women risking their lives to 
>> cover the war. If it hadn't been for those such as Larry Burrow, 
>> Cathy Leroy, Nick Ut, Don Mccullin and  many other where would would 
>> be? Maybe still in S.E. Asia trying to create "peace with honor" out 
>> of this country's wealthy elitist's quest for more power. Still, my 
>> view has nothing to do with being sympathetic to any of the 
>> participant's causes. 

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