Today's mass media is far more mean spirited, cynical, partisan and
manipulative than was the case back in 1941-45. Actually, anyone unfamiliar
with World War II history would believe that the following headlines are
actually from American newspapers of the period. But those of you who do know
your history, will catch the differences in attitude, and greater use of spin,
between then and now.
WHITE HOUSE LIED ABOUT BATTLESHIPS
Not 2, Sunk at Pearl Harbor
OF SAILORS STILL TRAPPED UNDERWATER
Families: Pearl Rescue Efforts "Disgraceful"
DUMPS MACARTHUR FOR CHURCHILL
Off" Philippines, Sources Say
PAYMENT TO MACARTHUR
from Manila Bigwigs
VICTORY DUE TO BROKEN JAP CODES
Chicago Tribune did actually print this story. Fortunately, the Japanese didn't
see it. Tribune owner Robert McCormick was sternly told never to let this
happen again, and it never did.
PLANS NORTH AFRICA INVASION
Charge "Stunt" To Help Dems in '42 Elections
"IDEAL" INVASION SITE
Experts Agree This Is Where We'll Land
HAD A CHANCE
Tank Superiority Causes GI Morale Crisis
REVEALS SUPERBOMB PLANS
Bishops Condemn Secret "Manhattan Project"
to Be Fired in SHAEF Meltdown
papers which did report, inaccurately, tensions between Ike and Monty, were
stepped on hard by the British government.
DEFENSE" AGAINST KAMIKAZES
Suicide Tactics May Be War-Winner - Fleet Demoralized
WITH MISTRESS IN DEATH ROOM
Springs Scandal - Old Flame Watches President Die
First Lady Outed As Lesbian
Have Proof Dictator Escaped Berlin
JIMA FLAG RAISING "STAGED"
Drive Collapses After Controversy
Crews Laugh, Take Photos as Thousands of Children Die
BOMB DROPPED TO COW SOVIETS
Say Hiroshima Strike Had No Military Purpose
Flag Flies Higher on Battleship's Mast?
full and interesting story of the Chicago Tribune blowing the codebreakers is
at http://www.newseum.org/warstories/essay/secrecy.htm. The actual headline was
"NAVY HAD WORD OF JAP PLAN TO STRIKE AT SEA." Monty's near-firing by
Ike, and its contemporary media misrepresentation, are discussed at length in
General Omar Bradley's book "A General's Life."