PENTAGON REPORT BOLSTERS AP’s NO GUN RI STORY

By: Todd Shields

Investigation Reportedly Confirms Killing Of Civilians





WASHINGTON – The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize this
year for its account of an all-but-forgotten shooting of Korean
civilians in 1950, but a key source later recanted. The shadow
cast by the veteran’s changing story began lifting last week, as
a government probe reportedly confirmed the broad outlines of the
AP’s story.



A Pentagon investigation, launched in reaction to the AP’s
September 1999 story, found that American soldiers panicked and
fired at civilians at No Gun Ri, The Washington Post
reported, saying Army investigators were unable to determine
whether “hundreds” of civilians had died, as some witnesses told
the AP.



AP spokeswoman Kelly Smith Tunney said that although the wire
service had not seen the Pentagon’s report, “We look forward to
the findings. We’re confident any fair investigation will confirm
AP’s central finding: that the U.S. military was involved in the
killing of a large number of Korean refugees.”



Ex-soldier Edward L. Daily was a prominent source for the AP, but
he later admitted he was not at the shooting scene. This fueled
questions about what happened at No Gun Ri. The Pentagon report
marks the first formal U.S. acknowledgment of a role in the
massacre.







Todd Shields (tshields@editorandpublisher.com) is the Washington editor for E&P.







Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher.

RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Visit Us
LinkedIn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *