Friday, January 21, 2005
Peter Jennings: Fair to say, we think, that at some point today here in Washington, the war in Iraq was on everyone's mind, when the president spoke; when the antiwar demonstrators shouted as the president went by; when one or another military unit did something here today as part of the celebration. And we thought, too, of the many wounded at the army hospital here, watching it all on television.
And in Rockport, Texas, today, just about the time the president was speaking, there was a funeral for a young marine reservist, 21 year-old Matthew Holloway was killed in Iraq last week by a roadside bomb. His brother told a local paper that as much as Matthew wanted to be home, he was very proud of what he was doing in Iraq, and it is something you hear from so many people in the services, including the 10,000 who have already been wounded.
It makes me believe that there is not an ounce of humanity to be found there. Please take the time to contact ABC News and let them know what you think. Thanks to fellow Alamo City blogger Raving Heretic for putting this all in perspective.
from a very, VERY upset VET.
"Casablanca". "This place is full of vultures,vultures everywhere."
In the meantime, assuming you felt secure in relying on the work of others (a common strategy among bloggers), I clicked onto some of the links you included. Several complained that ABC was wrong to look only for soldiers killed in Iraq; that they should be looking for those killed in Afghanistan, training accidents or even (according to Power Line) while delivering aid to tsunami victims (!?). Is that, then, your argument, too? Or have you another you care to share?
I have some points for you:
1. Given the intelligence assessments that Bush had on hand before the Iraq invasion and the ideological origins of the 9/11 attackers, all recent former Presidents (aside from Carter) and even John Kerry agreed that they too would have in some way attacked/invaded Afghanistan and Iraq.
During any such war, American casualties would be inevitable. Would ABC News have shown video of a US soldier's funeral if Gore was president on 9/11? What video footage would they have chosen to represent "the other side" on Kerry? Him trying to explain how he voted for the Iraq war before voting against the funding bill?
2. Most US media outlets (and nearly all those of my own country, New Zealand), treat Bush with the amount of disrespect a snob has for an uneducated factory worker or farm-hand. And that is petty and repellent, though enlightening.
3. When your country is at war you are not supposed to attack the morale of your own soldiers. It tends to be unproductive. Do you think that American soldiers (all volunteers) were impressed by ABC's use of negative imagery to attack Bush - when most of them voted for him?
4. ABC could have chosen to document one of the many battles American soldiers have won in Iraq. Instead they chose to portray the Coalition effort as an ongoing failure. But then they've been doing this since soon after the Iraq invasion.
Doesnt matter anyway: Bush is in power for another 4 years, and the network news shows and cable news channels are losing market-share to the less negative Fox.
"I don't know how they think these are political. I think they're patriotic," said Pete Baker, U of O delivery driver. Pete Baker has had the stickers on his work truck for months. Friday, a university employee complained. Now the stickers are gone. "I'm not Democratic or Republican and I was really surprised the university deemed them to be political," said Baker.
So, who is being persecuted here exactly?
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