Quote From Colin Powell

As our group started to break up, the Japanese swarmed around us with their cameras. They wanted to have their pictures taken with the famous man. Shultz and I primped ourselves a bit; but the Japanese were circling someone else. The celebrity they wanted to pose with was Charles Redman, the State Department’s assistant secretary for public affairs. Redman was the one who went before TV cameras every day to brief the press. Redman was the one the Japanese recognized from their own television. We had entered an age where TV images formed perceptions, and these perceptions eclipsed reality. I was going to see this distorting phenomenon increasingly at work in our foreign policy deliberations.”

– Colin Powell
April 5, 1937 – present
1995, page 356, ISBN 0-345-40728-8

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