Harold Hutchison at Strategy Page has a collection of pieces reflecting how he thinks the Doolittle Raid in 1942 would have been reported if the 2006 media covered it. Here’s a sample:
New York Times Editorial, April 21, 1942: “Without a doubt, the decision to risk two carriers and their escorts to launch a raid that could do so little damage can only be described as incredibly stupid. The fact that the cost of this raid included all sixteen bombers, with most of the aircrews missing, only increases the level of disaster involved. By allowing this mission to go forward, Secretary of War Stimson and Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox have shown that they lack the judgment to carry this war to victory. If they will not resign, then President Roosevelt should fire them.”
Go read the whole thing.