A documentary about the Korean War by Thames Television that aired in the Summer of 1988 and in the US in August 1990 through WGBH Boston. Including interviews with participants from both the United Nations (USA, UK), South Korea and North Korea, the documentary was fraught with issues concerning content that might "offend" the American received wisdom concerning the war.
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Long-time General and former Deputy Under-secretary of Defense (1981-1985) Richard Stilwell wrote to the PBS flagship, WGBH Boston, to comment on the content of the British version of "Korea-The Unknown War." In a critique dated January 15, 1989, Stilwell stated that "the series, in present form, is not appropriate for an American audience." According to sources at WGBH, Stilwell had scared off the original sponsors from backing the airing of the documentary on PBS, and had effectively dictated changes to the US producer, Austin Hoyt. As a result, the US version was edited of content relating to the bombing campaign in North Korea, any mention of atrocities, the US administration's (and not just MacArthur's) willingness to attack China with atomic weapons, and interviews with North Koreans; including the survivor of a US napalm bombing. See more