East Texans Take Break From War Coverage

As Vietnam is thought of as the first television war, and Desert Storm as the first cable war, Operation Iraqi Freedom may be the first satellite war.

With imbedded reporters, satellite feeds, remote cameras, and all-day wall-to-wall coverage, some people just find it too much to follow.

Monday, some East Texans took advantage of the nice weather to take their kids to Bergfeld Park and try and take a break from watching the war.

"It was a beautiful day," Shawn Gibson said while watching his daughter Racquel play idly on the swings. "We just decided to come out and enjoy the day, and get away from all the war scenes on TV."

"You can't really forget about it, but you have to keep the kids away from it as much as possible."

"We can just relax," Tracey Clark of Flint said. "Just be peaceful and to know there's a world where the children can relax and just have fun, and not sit in front of the TV."

Amanda Pittman of Tyler brought her two-year old son Sebastian to play. After a week of war, watching him frolic helps her disposition, too.

"It helps us just to relax and forget for the moment what's really going on," Amanda says. "I truthfully just don't ever want to go home and watch TV again."

Her husband, Jimmy, has been torn watching the war.

"I am interested to know what's going on," he says. "But at the same time it's pretty scary."

"Just to be able to get away get outdoors, feel this nice cool breeze on a wonderful day...it helps to forget about it somewhat."

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.