Monday, April 30, 2007

Who forgot the 'Forgotten Internees'"?

A seminar was held in San Mateo last Saturday on the 'Forgotten Internees,'" the Italians and Germans relocated or placed in camps in America during WWII, which has to be one of the saddest chapters in reporting. My book has a few pages on this. I even saved clips that said Germans and Italians weren't bothered. All a reporter had to do was go to Pittsburg, Ca., and see the museum that has exhibits concerning the hundreds of Italians moved from the East Bay town. Hey, there was a war on. Stuff happens. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be reported. This saga followed what "Philip's Code" postulates: that interest groups dictate what story will be covered, and, increasingly, reporters let those interest groups gather the facts. "The truth is the sum of the facts," said Davis. This issue is far from over. Two members of Congress have introduced a bill concerning the Japanese brought up from South America. Ignored is the fact that President Clinton gave them $5,000 and an apology. More ignored is that Germans and Italians were also rounded up in South America.