WE WANT WAR
War is such a touchy subject especially in today’s society; people mourn, fear the thought of participating in it and die. It’s clear to say the war itself isn’t something any individual strongly supports or encourages. But the fact remains that it happens; and when it does men go off to defend and the media travel along hoping to capture moments that normal people can see in their televisions and newspapers at home. Although this very thoughtful and risky, one thing consistently gets in the way of them doing their job to the fullest; allowing them to have total access to warzones. Many disputes arise concerning the explicit reports and images for the viewers, but no one seems to grasp the true benefit of this privilege. The media should be allowed access to warzones because its shares the full truth, and gives regular people at home a sight of what going on in the war.
In any case of disaster the truth seems to always have pieces missing from it and tends to go unnoticed, especially in war. Given the opportunity to have full access many civilians would find this more beneficial to them rather than the current information provided. In the Vietnam War reporters were allowed to travel and show images, videos, and more on television to give the viewer a better observation of what was taking place on the war. This was said to be “the most heavily televised war in history” (Rutenberg). Even with this being said, many journalists have argued that more could still be done; according to William Powers, the media columnist for The National Journal, “I think the war turned out to be too big a canvas to capture on the small screen of a television” (Rutenberg). With this in mind, its more than safe to say with full access the media could find more methods to gain and record all that couldn’t; such as more reports, recordings, and vital information that wasn’t available before.