I was reading a little bit about the battles of landing zone x-ray and landing zone albany the other day and aside from the outstanding valor against overwhelming odds and the the great losses suffered, a small fact stuck out in my mind. A journalist, Joe Galloway, was awarded the bronze star for valor in the actions during this battle, the only civilian journalist to receive an award from the Army during Vietnam. During the battle, he took up arms alongside the besieged US soldiers and assisted the wounded under fire. The significance of this act is that he set aside his impartiality as a journalist and joined his fellow Americans in their struggle. I don't care about anything this man has ever done or written since, when put to the test, he chose sides, and I salute his actions.
Contrast this to today's journalists. In a similar circumstance, I doubt the journalist would led a hand. Quite the contrary, the American soldiers being covered would actually have to be leery of the journalists intentions. Would a modern galloway pick up an AK-47 and assist the Taliban. I don't think it would go this far, but it is indicative of how far we have gone in the media.