Saturday, July 08, 2006

241 Dead Marines?
Yeah, *shrug* that was a mistake, but let's talk more about "Safeguarding Our Freedoms As We Cover Terrorist Acts".

I'm simply amazed at the ease displayed by the news media concerning how their screw-ups cost the lives of brave Americans.

In a lecture given in December of 1985, Katharine Graham, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Washington Post Company, stated;

Tragically, however, we in the media have made mistakes. You may recall that in April 1983, some 60 people were killed in a bomb attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut. At the time, there was coded radio traffic between Syria, where the operation was being run, and Iran, which was supporting it. Alas, one television network and a newspaper columnist reported that the U.S. government had intercepted the traffic. Shortly thereafter the traffic ceased. This undermined efforts to capture the terrorist leaders and eliminated a source of information about future attacks. Five months later, apparently the same terrorists struck again at the Marine barracks in Beirut; 241 servicemen were killed.

The very next paragraph illustrates the absolute arrogance of the American media.

This kind of result, albeit unintentional, points up the necessity for full cooperation wherever possible between the media and the authorities. When the media obtains especially sensitive information, we are willing to tell the authorities what we have learned and what we plan to report. And while reserving the right to make the final decision ourselves, we are anxious to listen to arguments about why information should not be aired.

How cavalierly she glazes over the dead Marines. How condescendingly she sets herself and the rest of the media up to decide what's best and proper. Who the hell elected her?

241 dead Marines later.

241 Marines who will never play with their grandchildren. 241 Marines who will never grow old with the love of their life. Most of that number will never see their kids graduate from high school. Most of that number never even had a chance to say "I do" at the altar.

May God forgive Katharine Graham... I never will.

4 Comments:

Blogger Doogie said...

Now, now, Cavey, "...as we forgive those who trespass against us...."

You don't want to give God a reason to hold a grudge against you, do you?

Not that I disagree with your point: what the media has done here amounts to treason, plain and simple, and they should be prosecuted for it.

David Warren has elaborated on that point quite ably: http://www.davidwarrenonline.com/index.php?artID=617

10:07 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

No can do, Doogmeister. I guess this is something I have to work through.

I find it pretty damn hard to forgive someone who glazes over the deaths of hundreds of my brother Marines.

I persoanlly think that witch would care more about a sack of drowned kittens, than she would over a complicit media assisting in the deaths of hundreds of Americans killed by terrorists.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Remember the Parable of the Ungrateful Servant...

9:10 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

The problem is that there are no Americans running the American media.

12:03 PM  

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