Open Letter To Ted , Saddam Arnett, Oliver, & Smith.
To Little , Very Much To Late;;
Your message is Acknowledged and not
or in another famous AIRBORNE ..response " NUT's.."
Turner " Nothing has upset me more probably in my whole life"
TED, I guess you missed that photo of someone with, her friends,
that were shooting down American jets.
You know "TED" a hell of alot of good GI's were
a little upset over that ,
but they were killed before they could return home to complain about it. But
some of us made it back , we are old now , BUT we are proud and we served
our country with Honor then, as we do now.
We will go to our graves to protect our country and the honor of those that
have given their all.
All of you " Suits" at CNN/ TIME and yourself, what ever you
do , seem to
have missed the point of this entire offensive AND IT IS AN OFFENSIVE , mybe
the last battle for many of us.. It's something you all don't seem to
understand..we refer to it in very simple terms, that most average Americans
understand it DUTY, HONOR and COUNTRY...
I for one don't want any of your money the people
that were damaged on your
show are the ones that will have to decide on this.
Your money may try to buy influence in the Untied Nations but our
that of our Country is not for sale ..
What you all did to Admiral Moore should have the entire AARP
Citizen in this country on your case, if they are not already.
Did any of you people have older parents ( or infact parents) that
proud and bright people , that you loved, would die for , grew old and
feeble before your
eyes ? All I can is shame , Shame..
MY PERSONAL MESSAGE
Are we Special Forces Veterans and other Vietnam Veterans and Citizens
GREAT COUNTRY going to be satisfied with CNN's continued " I'm Sorry" ,so
called , retraction??? Just to protect them from court room damages, that
they will soon face.
Sorry ! Is not enough for the damage CNN has caused,
not only to members of
SF/SOG, etc. but THE CITIZENS of OUR COUNTRY ..
If as per their retraction, they ( their lawyer ) was able
CNN tapes , film etc. and within just a few weeks convinced to retract
the story ,WHY was the story aired , in the first place ? By so called
In the retraction they are NOT saying that Nerve Gas " Was
NOT USED" but
..just that they can't prove it..from their own interviews, and are NOW
sorry they ran the story ...and further who knows someday they may have to
come back and retract their retraction, being made today. ( I assume that
this is to imply if and when the " truth" comes out)
Is this a retraction????
So I guess in CNN's eyes SOG/SF and the US are still guilty
of the CNN lie
until WE can prove our innocence.
I guess this is CNN's understanding of justice in the United
States as per
How do you, CNN , undo a lie.?
Well "TED" , it's as simple as going back to the scene of the alleged crime
and carry out an investigation , law enforcement units all over the country do
it every day. You interview people in Laos and in Hanoi, ( now know people
who could open some doors for you, here) do forensic studies, check
documents, etc. etc. trace the case from the batttlefield in Laos to the files
Present your case to the JURY the AMERICAN PEOPLE in a little more than 18
minutes, I'd trust.
You see "TED" CNN has placed us, the United States, into a position like
the defendant that was asked by the judge " When did you LAST beat your wife"
we have no defense , all we can hope to present, with the help of CNN, is
facts and let the jury of public opinon decide, our fate....
Knowing of course , in the reaches of your network, the rebuttal
now be labled as a cover up.
Only with a show of the story behind the story
will the facts come out and
if CNN won't do it the Congress must.
A full hearing needs be held by the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee so that the entire files on CNN can be reviewed and
an official report presented to the American people and the World,so that an
attempt can be made to correct the wrong done to our country.
Also what about MG Perry Smith, ? The real hero here,
for us, and our
country and now not with CNN.,
Will he be offered his job back at CNN?
More importantly, will he take his job back ?
I hope he will we be offered his job back CNN and our
country need people
like him, who can not only be professional in what they do, BUT ! willing to
stand up to the " Boss" when he is wrong.. MG Smith would be a good
consultant for you on your follow up show , but not in charge, we want to
attempt to preclude any allergations of a cover up.
MG Smith will have, I'm sure, the full support of all our
forces and we will
render him and the CNN TEAM the fullest of assistance.
I also recommend that you have each major TV network and major news
have a person on the team., not just from CNN , sorry your creditability has
been damaged in this battle.
You know TED , that FORMER CUB REPORTER , April, something, is your best
defense, she even has me almost convinced that she and she alone put eight
months of her life into this story and she and she alone should get all the
credit, Well ! why not give it to her, with both barrels right between the
But you know that movie " On Golden Pond" that to me is a classic,
I had and
do get tears in my eyes each time I see it..The same way I and I'm sure the
Adm., Moore family feels each time they see CNN's Tailwind Story. so much in
common,.both were tales of getting old, both were produced to MAKE MONEY ..
I trust that I haven't exceeded my limited 18 minutes ( whats
the other 12
minutes for , or yes I almost forgot your sponsors , even the US Postal
Service , did you know that a large percentage of those guys are Vietnam
Veterans ) so you can present your statement now.
I don't think your or my fans will think I saved the best for last.
Paul F. Campbell, Raleigh, NC Sends
JULY 11, 04:48 EDT
Turner Apologizes for Flawed Report
By LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — CNN founder Ted Turner
issued a fervent apology to U.S. veterans for the cable
news channel's retracted report about U.S. troops using
deadly nerve gas in a 1970 Vietnam raid.
``If committing mass suicide would help, I've even
given that some consideration. Nothing has upset me
more probably in my whole life,'' Turner told a
Television Critics Association news conference Friday.
``I'll take my shirt off and beat myself bloody on the
back'' with a whip if it would do any good, he said,
adding: ``I couldn't hurt any more if I was bleeding.''
He offered his personal apology to veterans and
anyone who was hurt or offended by the ``NewsStand:
CNN & Time'' story aired June 7 that claimed U.S.
troops used nerve gas against Vietnam War deserters
CNN on July 2 retracted the story, apologizing to
viewers and veterans for ``serious faults'' in its
reporting. Time magazine, which printed a version of
the story, also formally apologized.
Turner said he believes the report on Operation
Tailwind was wrong, though the CNN producers
responsible for it, Jack Smith and April Oliver, have
said they stand by it. Both were fired and a third
Whether he believed the report was correct or not,
Turner said, ``we didn't have evidence beyond a
The rush to break an important story and the pressure
of a competitive media market led to the faulty report,
``I'm not making any excuses whatsoever,'' he said.
``I'm just explaining what happened.''
Turner said the impact of the retracted story hurt him
emotionally more than his father's death, his divorces
or his Atlanta Braves baseball team losing to the New
York Yankees in the 1996 World Series.
``I feel horrible about it. CNN was my baby from the
very beginning,'' he said. He noted that a poll taken
before the story and its retraction had named CNN as
the most respected U.S. news source.
Now vice chairman of Time Warner, which owns Time
magazine and CNN, Turner said he plays a ``kind of
supervisory, consulting role'' for the cable network.
He vowed that CNN is taking steps to guard against
such problems, including the creation of an oversight
panel to review stories. ``I think the majority of
people will forgive and forget,'' Turner predicted.
Turner also defended the network's decision to punish
veteran reporter Peter Arnett with a reprimand, while
others connected with the report were fired.
``His past courageous contributions weighed heavily in
the decision to spare him from resigning or being
fired,'' Turner said, citing Arnett's work covering the
Persian Gulf War for CNN.
Arnett, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the
Vietnam War as an Associated Press reporter, has said
his involvement in the story was limited to interviews
using pre-arranged questions and narration.