BOB GARFIELD: And now for a few of your letters. Shannon Thomas of Marina Del Ray, California wrote in with this comment on our interview with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. "I could not believe his self-serving and arrogant interpretation of the media's failures in covering the run-up to the war in Iraq, that they were, quote, 'victims of their own professionalism.' The idea that the American media is so objective as to never have a hand in creating the news is preposterous. If a news organization feels it must get the word out, there is much they can do."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Hugh Sansom of New York wrote in to say that my interview with Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Robert Tappan last week was neither fair nor balanced. Writes Sansom, "What's most striking about the general American hysteria over Arabs reporting from their own perspective is the sheer hypocrisy." Sansom adds that "if we examined Tappan's charges generically, they are a, (quote) 'far better description of American journalism than Al Jazeera.'"
BOB GARFIELD:Daniel Lozell of New York City, a Vietnam-era veteran, had this response to our discussion of Nightline's decision to devote an entire program to the names of American service people who have died in Iraq. He writes: "Anyone who can't handle hearing the names of those who died in combat has no business supporting the war. Period. Those who would paint the identification and remembrance of our war dead as a partisan political maneuver should be brought to the light of day and forced to experience the true horror of war themselves."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Thanks for your letters. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and don't forget to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name.
BOB GARFIELD:Coming up, do-it-yourself censorship has Hollywood up in arms, and a movie icon who has endured for 50 years without uttering a word.