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Certainly Ms Fonda and Mr. Rodman both showed poor judgment in their actions. But behind each of them was a media campaign. Fonda was part of an organization called the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and later in 1972, she organized and funded the Indochina Peace Campaign. Her actions and statements at the time certainly were harmful to the United States, and she has since apologized calling her statements "thoughtless and careless." As you know there was considerable opposition and activism building in the United States against that war especially with the killing of the students at Kent State. History tells us that it was just another of many "wrong wars" where the military industrial complex was the winner and soldiers, their families and the many innocent Vietnamese were the victims.
I wouldn't necessarily equate Dennis Rodman's actions with those of Jane Fonda. The circumstances are entirely different. However, in reading more about Rodman's visit, it appears he also was a figure in a planned media product...HBO and Vice Media. As the New York Times reported, HBO and Vice Media collaborated on the visit and were "seeking headlines."
New York Times, March 3, 2013: Daredevil Media Outlet Behind Rodman’s Trip
"The company’s bosses said they were planning a visit to the secretive country, centered on an exhibition basketball game with the flamboyant former N.B.A. star Dennis Rodman and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters. HBO decided to add what Mr. Lombardo said was “a little bit” of extra financing, beyond what it had already agreed to pay for the newsmagazine. “It felt like something that could be interesting for the show,” Mr. Lombardo, HBO’s president for programming, said last Friday as he recalled the meeting.
By Friday, the trip wasn’t just “interesting,” it was international news. Kim Jong-un showed up for the exhibition game in Pyongyang the day before, making Mr. Rodman and Vice’s film crew the first Americans known to have met the North Korean ruler since he inherited power from his father in 2011."
The Vice crew has remained in North Korea doing more filming after Rodman left. And I'm sure when the whole story is shown on HBO it will get a lot of press coverage...exactly as intended. Dennis Rodman is just another pawn in the game.
However, if we are to be critical of Ms Fonda and Mr. Rodman, should not that criticism also be extended to Rush Limbaugh? As you know Rush Limbaugh's radio network is picked up by the Armed Forces Network. His daily broadcasts are a part of the daily lives of soldiers in Afghanistan (and previously Iraq). However, they are also heard by the enemy...al Qaeda and the Taliban. Looking at the content of Limbaugh's hateful diatribes against President Obama as well as women (e.g. Sandra Fluke), I would have to wonder if he is not "giving comfort to the enemy." In a sense he is America's "Tokyo Rose" if you want to go back as far as World War II. I also wonder if Limbaugh's contempt for women (e.g. feminazis) has anything to do with the high incidents of rape of women soldiers within the US military.
If Rush Limbaugh was a commentator on Fox News and started demonizing Rupert Murdoch the way he domonizes President Obama, would not he be fired? Yet, despite protests and petitions, Rush Limbaugh is still broadcasting his hate speech against our Commander-in-Chief to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan. The only difference is he does it from the sanctity of his studio instead of on the ground. That's what cowards do.
Different strokes for different folks...