Parallel Universes: Video Interview with Maureen A. Griswold

Former Army Nurse, Journalist, and Sister of a Vietnam War Casualty Discusses the Iraq War Corporate Media Debacle
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Aug. 21, 2013 - PRLog -- A frank and noteworthy video of Maureen A. Griswold’s June 26th, 2013 interview on “People’s Radio,” KKUP 91.5 FM, is now available on YouTube.

Griswold appeared on KKUP’s Conversations program with Host Joe Sodja. Due to scant reflection and accountability from U.S. corporate media upon the 10th anniversaries of the launch of the Iraq War and the “Mission Accomplished” spectacle, Griswold has authored two books specifically dedicated to journalism students: Can’t Fool All of the People All of the Time: The Email Counterstory to the Bush AWOL Blackout (; and, Mission Abandoned: A Corporate News Blackout, A Life Intersected (

In the interview, Griswold shares her discovery of the George W. Bush AWOL/desertion story, her initial skepticism, and why her skepticism not only converted to belief in the story, but also led the retired Army Captain and former print journalist to antiwar activism.

Her October 2003 satirical exposé of Bush’s military service record, “A Veteran Applauds KB Toys,” published by independent news organization, Common Dreams, garnered a deluge of responses, becoming the basis for Can’t Fool All of the People All of the Time ( Griswold shares how readers’ responses to this and her subsequent online articles dramatically demonstrate the Internet’s emergence as an alternative/“parallel universe” to corporate news and, ultimately, furnishes a compelling “case study” of U.S. wartime journalism, censorship, propaganda, and citizen rebellion. Griswold also relates a startling irony concerning the USS Abraham Lincoln, the aircraft carrier used to stage “Mission Accomplished” on May 1, 2003 which featured U.S. corporate media prominently portraying Bush as a "Top Gun" military jet pilot.

The interview also provides the basis of Mission Abandoned (, the backstory as well as the “behind the scenes” events of what catalyzed Griswold’s articles and antiwar activism. Griswold describes her considering shredding her San Jose State University journalism degree; the dysfunctional relationship of “In the Beltway” corporate journalists and the politicians they cover; significant people who corresponded with her; and, her motives for dedicating both books to current and future journalism students. 


CONTACT INFO for Maureen A. Griswold:  

Website:  (contact form available); also, YouTube video link provided on the Home Page.

About Maureen A. Griswold: After serving with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (retiring at the rank of Captain), Maureen returned to her Alma mater, San Jose State University, and earned her degree in print journalism. She worked as Senior Editor for the former nursing magazine, California Nursing Review, and as a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry. She medically retired due to a spinal cord injury and has volunteered writing and editing assistance to local nonprofits.


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