BROOKE GLADSTONE: And now for a few of your letters. Nancy Doyle of Minneapolis thanked us for our interview with Greg Mitchell of Editor and Publisher in the poor accounting of anti-war protests in Washington last month, and she notes that, quote, "I heard a lot of reporters in various cities categorizing the crowd as college-age youth and aging Baby Boomers. Translation: impassioned, forgivable children and washed-up grownups reliving the Vietnam era. If everyone who attended came to address their own emotional needs rather than to make a substantive point, they are easier to dismiss."
BOB GARFIELD:But Betty Medsger of New York City was disappointed with our treatment of the story. "Why did someone not talk to the reporters at NPR and the New York Times," she writes, "about why their original stories were so off the mark and about what caused them to write more accurate stories later in the week? Real reporting with the reporters who covered the protests would have informed us all."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:On our story about the Army's new recruitment video game, David Bardsley of the 30th Infantry Brigade wrote in with this: I am a seven year and counting veteran in the Army and I was curious enough to go on line and try the game out. I was immediately impressed. Though I don't think the game is going to have 17 year olds begging their parents to sign their enlistment papers, I do think it gives 15 to 25 year olds a small taste of what training, team work and esprit de corps are about. [MUSIC FADES IN]
BOB GARFIELD:Surprising as it may seem, your letters do contribute to our esprit de corps, so keep them coming, but please don't forget to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name. [MUSIC OUT]
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