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The assigned reading was for the most part the telling of soldiers stories whether they told of the stories theyd had or the story they were currently taking part in As a whole they werent looking to sway my opinion in any particular direction regarding the war just describe the situation The first piece of writing that I found persuasive came from I F Stone a writer for The Nation who was stationed behind a desk in Washington instead of behind a bunker at the time of the war I mention the fact that he was a desk jockey because it was something I took personally when reading of the heroics of the reporter writing from the front lines I said to myself the first time reading through his report Why should I listen to this coward he is trying to tell us that we are doing enough What a hypocrite He needs to get off his rear get a gun and into GI gear However after reading the piece and seeing how it moved me I saw how important a role a reporter could play back home Stones article A plea to admit Jewish refugees was the only writing that looked at the war from the broader sense of things Most war time reporters concentrated more on what was happening in the platoons the mens feelings and keeping moral high This was an essential role that reporters filled not only for the soldiers but for the folks back in the States I know that if I was in that particular situation that I wouldnt be worrying about the Jewish refugees so much as I would be trying to avoid the bullets whizzing over head Its important to concentrate on one thing at a time However since Stone could look at the war as more of a political battle than a battle of day to day survival it made him curious about what exactly are
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