DR. DONALD GOLDSTEIN ("AT DAWN WE SLEPT") CRITICIZES MEDIA
DISTORTION OF HISTORY ON fromUSAlive.com INTERNET TV SHOW
PITTSBURGH, PA June 28, 2000 - Military author Dr. Donald
Goldstein examines the media's distortion of history on the
Military Memoirs Internet TV show. All episodes of this program are
available for free at any time by clicking on
Dr. Goldstein, who co-authored the books "Pearl Harbor," "Miracle at
Midway," "Target Tokyo," "At Dawn we Slept" and "December 7,
1941,"explains how a recent media report on an alleged massacre
during the Korean War will be remembered as it was reported by the
media, not as it actually happened.
According to a recent Associated Press article, the first soldiers to
speak publicly about the incident reported that U.S. troops
intentionally slaughtered 200 South Korean refugees near No Gun Ri,
Korea, allegedly under direct orders from U.S. Army commanders. If
the reports were true, No Gun Ri would be the second-largest reported
killing of civilians by U.S. forces in the 20th century. A U.S. News
investigation countered these claims, stating that many of the
soldiers were quoted out of context in the AP story.
"We're finding out that No Gun Ri is a lie," Dr.
Goldstein claims. "Yes, some people were killed. But since the
press picked this up, nobody's going to talk about the brave
soldiers in Korea. They're going to talk about No Gun Ri, and how
bad the American GIs were to do this. What you're getting here
is a distortion of history. No Gun Ri, to me, is insignificant."
He also addresses the effect of movies like "Saving Private
Ryan" on Americans' perception of history, and cites as an
example an upcoming movie based on Pearl Harbor that he claims to be
an exaggeration of actual events.
Each week on Military Memoirs, Veterans recount memories of their
combat experience, and offer a military perspective on history,
politics, and society's perception of Veterans. Former Staff
Sgt. Joe Dugan, USMC, is host.