Scott K comments about At War feedback

It has recently been brought to my attention that several blogs and websites in Canada have been chatty about the CBC story on Scott and his Documentary, At War. I forwarded the sites to Scott so he could read them. Last night while he was at Ft. Bragg, NC doing screenings for members of that base he took some time to talk about the chatter from our cousins up north and about the feedback he has received from the half-dozen screenings he and David have done across the country.

Of course with the President’s trip to Canada today and this announcement, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/19/obama-future-afghan-troop-levels-uncertain/ it makes this interview even more relevant.

Some of the “chatter” that Scott and I are talking about in this Podcast Interview are at

http://toyoufromfailinghands.blogspot.com/2009/02/curse-upon-canadian-broadcasting.html

http://toyoufromfailinghands.blogspot.com/2009/02/afstan-more-reasons-to-curse-mother.html

http://forums.milnet.ca/forums/index.php?PHPSESSID=8niu5kqvnkt42u3mgfsu4jr2o1&topic=83794.15

To Listen to the Podcast/Interview, click below.

Scott Interview #3

4 thoughts on “Scott K comments about At War feedback”

  1. Hi Troy. Thanks very much for this interview with Scott. I’m going to link to it at: http://membrain.blogspot.com/ I’m looking forward to seeing At War. I like Scott’s point about the fact that this being the first footage of the Canadian Forces in combat since Korea. In that context it’s historical footage.

    Very good response about the CBC coverage. He makes a good point about the relevance of contreversy in the context of the CBC,s slant.

  2. Thanks, Troy. For the benefit of others, an excerpt from an e-mail to you, Feb. 19:

    “Indeed the gripe was with the spin the CBC reporter put on the footage–“Oh my God!
    We’re not doing peacekeeping anymore!” As if Canadians needed reminding of that after
    the CF have been in combat at Kandahar since 2006.

    As for Canadian feelings, I would think it safe to say that at least half the population
    (much more in Quebec) are not happy to have the CF engage in actual combat rather than “peacekeeping”–a sentiment the CBC piece was playing to. Plus the fact that we have been
    fighting as allies of the dreaded Dubbya has only hurt support for the mission. But with
    President Obama that negative American baggage may be relieved to a large extent.”

    The CBC’s showing Scott’s footage this month was not exactly opening Canadian eyes to
    combat in ways never before seen, even on the CBC. In fact on January 5 this year the
    same news program, “The National” (their flagship news broadcast), ran a 16 minute video,
    “Fighting Ghosts”, by a Canadian Army non-commissioned infantry soldier about his reality
    fighting in Afstan (with combat footage). The soldier ends saying “It’s very important to
    see this through.” And adds more on why he thinks the mission worthwhile.
    http://www.cbc.ca/national/blog/special_feature/fighting_ghosts/fighting_ghosts.html

    More:
    http://toyoufromfailinghands.blogspot.com/2009/01/fighting-ghosts-in-afstan.html

    To my suspicious mind it’s almost as if the CBC realized that “Fighting Ghosts” might have
    been seen as, gasp, “pro-war”, and then decided to run a month later the piece based on
    Scott’s footage as a corrective measure. And they’d had footage from Scott in the can
    for some time.

    In fact the CBC had already used some of Scott’s July 2006 footage (04:31, Chapter 6:
    “Tracking the Taliban”)
    http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/popup.html?/mrl3/8752/doczone/afghanistan_6.wmv
    http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/afghanistan/video.html

    as part of a major two-hour documentary, “AFGHANISTAN: BETWEEN HOPE AND FEAR”, that was
    broadcast on March 23, 2008:
    http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/afghanistan/index.html

    Reaction (mixed) to that documentary at Milnet.ca:
    http://forums.milnet.ca/forums/index.php?topic=72276.0

    Mark
    Ottawa

  3. Pakistan army is again looking to run afghanistan as soon as the international forces withdraw this is exactly what they have done in the past.

    The only sustainable initiative for long lasting peace in the region would be to counteract the growing role of ISI and their linkages with what they call good taliban , the baloch nation has been campaigning for its freedom from Pakistan since 1948. An indepent liberal democratic baloch state in the region would add greatly to regional stability.
    Baloch
    blochistanandafghanwar.blogspot.com

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