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    cskendrick, Brooke In Seattle

    History is also made up of headlines, those that of course reflect the 'facts', or at least those that reflect the reality of the situation.  So, he's right in one regard, most of his "rah rah, everything's fine" headlines will be forgotted by history.

    But, not all the headlines will be forgotten for sure, but in many cases retrospectively certain headlines are regarded as turning points or have some special signficance.  

    The best example in this case is Walter Cronkite's "We are mired in stalemate" broadcast, on Feb 27, 1968, a "headline" that has lived on as an example of the shift in public opinion about the Vietnam war:

    We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds.  ...

    To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past. To suggest we are on the edge of defeat is to yield to unreasonable pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion. On the off chance that military and political analysts are right, in the next few months we must test the enemy's intentions, in case this is indeed his last big gasp before negotiations. But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.

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    To say that history isn't in part made up of the "headlines" of the day reflects a lack of understanding of history.

    "To BushCo, the truth is but a lie undiscovered."

    by Siberian on Sat Mar 18, 2006 at 09:24:34 AM PST

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