I am a veteran and I'm not particularly offended. For the record, I served in the 101st Division in #Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader. We called the War Zone “Vietnam.” I was shot at and missed. I wasn't even wounded. I can understand that #journalists can be confused on what constitutes a war zone. While I was in Vietnam, I read articles written by reporters in Vietnam. It was clear to me that they did their reporting from a bar in #Saigon. Combat vets who knew that they were reporters would tell them real whoppers and the reporters believed them. Those of us on the front lines would read them and laugh and laugh. They were great entertainment but not true.
Of course, Brian Williams has been suspended. We'll wait and see what happens with O'Reilly as the story unfolds. Apparently, he referred to his experience covering the aftermath of the #Falklands conflict as being in a “war zone”. He went on to say that several people were killed at a protest that he was at and that his cameraman was injured. A series of #MotherJones reports and reports from others dispute O'Reilly's statements and that no one was killed and no #CBS staff was injured. O'Reilly wrote a novel based on his experiences covering the Falkland War. Clearly, he has a problem separating reality from fiction. O'Reilly is the host on #FoxNews. Let's be clear about this; Fox News is not a news station. It is the propaganda department of the Republican Party.
Perhaps the military should have an award for journalists who report from a war zone. I would name it the Battle Situation Award; BS Award for short. More to follow, I'm sure.