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Pentagon Official Once Told Morley Safer That Reporters Who Believe the Government Are Stupid
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Intercept

The Intercept, May 20, 2016
Posted: May 29th, 2016

Morley Safer, who was a correspondent on CBSs 60 Minutes from 1970 until just last week, died Thursday at age 84. In 1965, Safer was sent to Vietnam by CBS. That August he filed a famous report showing American soldiers burning down a Vietnamese village. The next year, he wrote a newspaper column about a visit to Saigon by Arthur Sylvester, the ... head of all the U.S. militarys PR. Sylvester, [who] had arranged to speak with reporters for U.S. outlets, [said] that American correspondents had a patriotic duty to disseminate only information that made the United States look good. A network television correspondent said, Surely, Arthur, you dont expect the American press to be the handmaidens of government. Thats exactly what I expect, came the reply. An agency man raised the problem [of] the credibility of American officials. [Sylvester], the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, [responded]: Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then youre stupid. Did you hear that? Stupid. A Democratic senator from Indiana, entered Safers article into the Congressional Record, and ... a Republican representative from Missouri called for Sylvester to resign. For its part, the Pentagon told CBS executives: Unless you get Safer out of there, hes liable to end up with a bullet in his back. Moreover, Sylvester absolutely meant what he said [to] the journalists in Saigon. [By that time], hed already told some of the key U.S. government lies about the Cuban missile crisis.

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